Disney’s 3 Little Pigs Will Win Best Animation Oscar

A Silly Symphony – Disney’s “3 Little Pigs” was released in 1933. Entirely pioneering animation here even as it was Chuck Jones and Tex Avery who really raised it to an art form.

This was, of course, before Disney launched his own studio:

Three Little Pigs is an animated short film released on May 27, 1933 by United Artists, produced by Walt Disney and directed by Burt Gillett. Based on a fable of the same name, the Silly Symphony won the 1934 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film of 1933.

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The New Lion King Trailer – What, You Didn’t Know Disney Remade It Already?

Have to admit that I’m not entirely and wholly sure about this. As with the recent remake of Dumbo Disney is remaking most to all of its animation classics as “live action” films. Obviously, much of that live bit is CGI but still. Some of it might work but somehow I’m not sure about how cute they’ll be able to make that warthog:

The new movie, made with computer-generated imagery, follows the plot of the Oscar winning 1994 animation about lion cub Simba, who flees his kingdom after his villainous uncle Scar connives to take his father Mufasa’s place as king.

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Dumbo Author Only Got $1,000 – Hey, Waita Minute, That’s A Lot Of Money!

The Mail carries the story of Helen Aberson, the writer of the original Dumbo story, and how she felt she got cheated by only receiving $1,000 for the story. And, you know, $1,000 doesn’t sound like much. Yet this was $1,000 in 1938 money, back when $1,000 was real money. And for a first time author, which she was, for a children’s book, that’s really not bad at all. There’s many an author who’d be happy to gain that sort of sum these days for a more substantial book.…

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Weekend Box Office – Captain Marvel Is, Well, Marvellous

To the surprise of absolutely no one at all Captain Marvel tops the weekend box office takings. The latest offering from Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe – as we’re supposed to call the thing these days – was always going to top the numbers in the absence of any serious competition. However, at around $150 domestic and $450 internationally the takings have been a pleasant surprise to the studio:

“Captain Marvel” soared higher, farther, faster at the box office this weekend.

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If Abigail Disney Thinks She Should Pay More Tax She Can Always Send A Check To The Treasury

Abigail Disney, as one of the heirs to the Disney fortune, thinks that rich people should pay more in tax. Which is fine, just copacetic. Right after she leads the way by paying more tax – voluntarily – herself. She can do so by simply sending a check to the Treasury. Make it more than the cost of a stamp and it’s rumoured that they’ll even send a thank you letter.

The heiress, 59, has long been a proponent of lowering executive paychecks and taxing the rich more.

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Trademarking Hakuna Matata isn’t An Aberration About Africa, It’s The Point Of The System

Disney has decided to go ahead with – as they thought about but didn’t some time ago –  the trademarking of the phrase Hakuna Matata. According to some this is a gross aberration of what should be, perhaps a sterling example of how capitalism and the whitebread rip off Africa. On the contrary, this is actually the point and purpose of the trademark system, it’s the very thing it is built for.

There is also that delicious little observation that it’s a phrase in Swahili, not actually an African language at all but rather an imposed one, a trading pidgin or creole perhaps.…

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Disney’s Ariel Doll Pays Chinese Worker Only 1 Pence Wages Each

The latest scandal uncovered by The Guardian is that the Ariel doll from Disney – the mermaid – ends up paying the Chinese assembly line workers that make it only 1 pence each. That’s 1 p out of the £35 cost of the doll. Undoubtedly this is a scandal! Well, it is unless we have a little look at the logic being used here.

Our first observation would probably be that there’s not much labour used in the making of the doll then.…

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