PBS American Experience: Walt Disney Documentary

I haven’t watched the PBS American Experience: Walt Disney documentary yet, but it sounds like there are some inaccuracies and omissions that slant the view of Walt Disney.

Disney animator, writer, and consultant Floyd Norman weighs in:

They wanted a film document that would give us the whole man, warts and all. While this approach to a film biography is admirable, there is a danger of taking it too far. This, I feel is the fatal flaw in the Walt Disney documentary. Fearful of creating a Disneyfied Pollyanna narrative, the producers have made a film full of cynicism. Something that Walt Disney was definitely not.

Disney Imagineer Bob Gurr commented on Floyd’s post:

Walt Disney’s honesty and integrity survived the scenes of supposed historians whose real focus seemed to be their self-consumed interest in posing as actors on-camera rather than to just tell us true facts about how Walt was able to create such significant memories for the entire world. My 12 years with Walt Disney, like Floyd’s, contain much observation but little psychoanalysis.

Further, Bob suggests watching the documentary as a silent movie:

Here’s Dr. Gurr’s recommended method to watch the
documentary…As a Silent Movie. Just turn off the sound and revel in
the factual images and wonderful B/W footage of Walt and his family. A
super treat minus the bloviating opinions!

Quote me.

Bob Gurr

I may just have to take Bob’s advice when I finally get around to watching it!

Abercrombie Kids and Disney?

I was walking through the mall while my daughter was at Apple Camp today. As I passed the Abercrombie Kids store I noticed that there was a Disney Frozen shirt in one of the displays. I find it very disappointing that Disney would partner with a company that has repeatedly over the years shown itself to be quite hateful, racist, sexist, and a prime contributor to the sexualization of young girls.

Is Disney perfect? No. But, I expect better from them. Will Abercrombie always be a horrible company? Hopefully not. They have recently said that they are ditching their overtly sexual advertising. So, perhaps they will turn things around. But, it seems too soon for Disney to partner with a company with such a checkered past.

Big Hero 6

Friday night we went to see Big Hero 6, Disney’s latest animated feature. I was moderately interested in this movie — the previews I had seen were intriguing, and we usually end up going to see most Disney animated movies in the theater, unless they look horrible.

Big Hero 6 was even better than I had imagined! It had great characters, a lot of laughs, and a lot of heart too. That is probably what surprised me the most about it. I was expecting a fun movie, which this certainly was. But the story and characters drew me in much more than I had anticipated. Baymax is definitely a great robotic character, even better than WALL-E and EVE.

I definitely recommend going to see Big Hero 6, and can’t wait until it is out on Blu-ray so I wan watch it again!

Credit: “Big Hero 6 (film) poster” by Disney Blogs