What’s in a Name? – Cinderella

18th July, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on What’s in a Name? – Cinderella

It wasn’t until I was in the Dominican Republic and I heard Cinderella’s name in Spanish did the meaning ever really hit me. Cenicienta is the Spanish version—ceniza means ash. At first it took me back a bit, but then I realized that cinder in English also means ash (well… sort of, but at least […] Read More

What’s in a Name? – Ichabod and Mr. Toad

24th June, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on What’s in a Name? – Ichabod and Mr. Toad

I honestly can’t figure out where the name The Wind in the Willows comes from. Both the wind and willow trees are common elements of folktales, so perhaps Kenneth Grahame used the title to demonstrate that he was trying to come up with a new folktale. As for the name of the characters, they don’t […] Read More

What’s in a Name? – Melody Time

6th June, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on What’s in a Name? – Melody Time

The title Melody Time is fairly obvious. A lot of the names from the film either require no explanation or have no explanation (as far as I can figure). For example, Johnny Appleseed got his name from planting apples, Little Toot got his name from the tooting sounds he makes, and Pecos Bill is named […] Read More

What’s in a Name? – Fun and Fancy Free

16th May, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on What’s in a Name? – Fun and Fancy Free

There’s not too much to say here. The name Fun and Fancy Free comes from the song “I’m a Happy-Go-Lucky Fellow.” The song was actually written for Pinocchio originally, but it was unused for that film. Most of the characters are pre-existing, so their names are not new for this movie. For example: Jiminy Cricket, […] Read More

What’s in a Name? – Make Mine Music

29th April, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on What’s in a Name? – Make Mine Music

Since the text and naming in Make Mine Music is very simple, I don’t have much too say in this section. I did think it was interesting to make note of the term cat from “All the Cats Join In.” Hip cat was a term used by the jazz crowd in the 40s that is […] Read More

What’s in a Name? – The Three Caballeros

18th April, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on What’s in a Name? – The Three Caballeros

A caballero is a gentleman. For example, it is the word often used on restrooms for men. Sometimes you will also see it as knight (such as Caballeros del Zodiaco). I think that this was closer to the original meaning, as caballo means horse. Thus literally: the horseman. Panchito Pistoles’ full name is Panchito Romero […] Read More

What’s in a Name? – Saludos Amigos

7th April, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on What’s in a Name? – Saludos Amigos

Saludos Amigos simply means “Hello Friends.” There aren’t very many characters to explore the meaning of their names, and some have names with English equivalents, but otherwise are of no significance (such as Pedro, which means Peter). The origin of the name Titicaca is unknown, though some have translated it as “Rock Puma,” because the […] Read More

Source Material of Dumbo

16th March, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Source Material of Dumbo

The story for Dumbo came originally from a toy called a “Roll-A-Book.” It was a device that would display different pictures as knobs on the side were turned, showing images to tell a story. The story was called “Dumbo the Flying Elephant” and is credited to Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl, author and illustrator (respectively). […] Read More

What’s in a Name? – Dumbo

14th March, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on What’s in a Name? – Dumbo

Dumbo’s true name is Jumbo Jr. The name “Dumbo” comes from the other elephants’ mockery of his large ears. Dumbo is actually a clever nickname (albeit a rude one) as a portmanteau of “dumb” and “Jumbo.” Jumbo was the name of an especially large elephant (which is where the common usage comes from—meaning large in […] Read More

What’s in a Name? – Fantasia

2nd March, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on What’s in a Name? – Fantasia

“Fantasia” is a rather broad musical term that has meant various things throughout time, but it seems to have its roots in improvisation and irregularity. Dictionary.com gives a secondary definition as being “a medley of familiar themes, with variations and interludes.” Apparently this was the definition being used when describing the project originally. Eventually, Fantasia […] Read More

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