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

Source Material of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

6th July, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Source Material of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

The Wind in the Willows This children’s book was published in 1908 and written by Kenneth Grahame. Cyril Proudbottom and Mr. Winkie are both Disney additions to the story. In fact, Disney’s version focuses primarily on Mr. Toad, but the original book had important sections that were completely without him. In fact, a mystical segment […] 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

My Take on Melody Time

1st June, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on My Take on Melody Time

Character I identify with: Bumblebee – Sometimes I just feel like I’m in a frenzy trying to escape the pressures of life. Element I wish would have been elaborated: Slue-Foot Sue’s catfish. I mean, if you’re riding a giant catfish down the Rio Grande, there’s got to be a story behind it. Views on the […] Read More

The Best of Times, the Worst of Times – Review of Melody Time

30th May, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on The Best of Times, the Worst of Times – Review of Melody Time

As I’ve mentioned, I’m simply not a fan of the package films. Fun and Fancy Free was something of an exception, perhaps because it only has two segments and both are fairly developed. Nevertheless, Melody Time is a bit different. Some of the segments are completely boring to me, but many of them were quite […] Read More

Source Material of Bambi

28th March, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Source Material of Bambi

Bambi is based off a book by Felix Salten called Bambi: A Life in the Woods. Since Salten was Austrian, the book was originally written in German and was translated into English a short time later. It was hugely popular, both in Austria and America (where it became book of the month). MGM studios originally […] Read More

Time and Place of Fantasia

7th March, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Time and Place of Fantasia

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor – Let’s see. . . at the end it is the clouds at sunrise. That’s about as close to a determination of time and space as we’re going to get. Nutcracker Suite – There is no indication of time in this segment. Typically, to determine time, we need something […] 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

Review of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

4th February, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Review of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Regardless of whether you like Snow White, you can’t downplay its significance in the history of animation. It was the first full length animated feature. Everyone at the time said that it couldn’t be done profitably. Walt Disney proved that it could. To this day, Snow White remains one of the highest money-making films of […] Read More