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Disney Films For Snuffies

Originally Published on Forces of Geek. 

Walt Disney liked to appeal to the varying aspects of everyone’s internal self. Disneyland was built, for example, to appeal to the child in all of us. The Haunted Mansion was designed to captivate both the morbidity and dark humor that many guests harbor.

Pirates Lair (formerly Tom Sawyer Island–suck it, Mark Twain!) is a world in which visitors could get in touch with the glorified drunkenness, murder and thievery associated with our romanticized ideals of piracy.

Mickey Mouse, as another example, was a sensation simply because he appealed to the belief in us that everyone, no matter how deep one might have to dig, is essentially good and honest at their core.

Snow White, Cinderella and scores of other films reinforced human nature’s belief that good conquers evil and that love will always conquer hate.

Don’t worry, buddy. Your daddy’s gonna be alllll-right. He’s just, uh, sleeping.

Unintentionally, of course, Disney appeals to other elements in our society that may not share a consensus or shared vision with the general population, but who still have money to spend and are, therefore, equal in the eyes of capitalism.

One element (or sub-culture) that has found an outlet, an outlet not frowned upon by those hoity-toity “normals” that pollute the world, is that of the connoisseurs of that genre of film known as snuff films.

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M-I-C… See That Exit? K-E-Y… Why? Because You’re Fired!

Mouseketeer Roll Call!

Mary Danella Espinoza…?

* insert sound of record scratching here *

For three seasons, The Mickey Mouse Club entertained America’s youth five days a week with dances, songs, special guests and more. The Mousketeers were kids that everyone could relate to, kids that seemed unpretentious and nice, kids that were approachable if run into on the street.

“Everyone who wants to keep their job next week smile on the count of three. 1-2-3!”


Back before the child performer factory of today that spits out a Zack and Cody or a Miley Cyrus with every turn of its gears, the Disney talent scouts held open auditions for a children’s variety show.

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Disney Proves Evolution

Freedom of beliefs is a hallmark in our society, but not the freedom of facts.

Facts are, by their nature, proven statements, events, outcomes, etc. So, it’s hard to hear proclamations by so-called Disney Creationists that Walt created Mickey and Minnie in his own image.

The problem with this thinking is that it is naïve and myopic.

It fails to take into account historical eyewitnesses and, at times, disregards photographic proof as propaganda or, at times, conspiracy.

I understand their standpoint, though. I mean, the moment they allow themselves to accept that Mickey Mouse did, in fact, evolve, then it creates a shaky ground for their other beliefs.

Once they admit they were wrong, then what next?

Must they recognize that odds are slim that Donald Duck’s role on Noah’s Ark was embellished or, yes, a work of fiction?

Must they admit that Disney is not run by the Illuminati, who use Disneyland as a cover for child abduction?

A completely factual event is sullied by Donald Duck’s attempt to rewrite historical accuracy.

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Disney’s Peripherals

Disney does many things well, like family-friendly movies, theme parks that attract millions of people and reminding us that magic can be a real possibility.

They also do a few things with what must be regarded as an unparalleled finesse and expertise.

Such things include global media domination, turning moderately talented 13-year olds into pop sensations and tapping the unlimited well of character merchandising.

Characters that haven’t been animated in over 50 years still retain a fan base and marketing potential.

Cinderella and Snow White are just a few of Disney’s character elite that have seen a resurgence in popularity, especially with young girls. This is in no small way the result of Disney’s marketing of the Princess line.

The Disney Princesses campaign highlights some of movies’ most cherished princesses, portraying them on equal footing, all the while celebrating their individual appeal. Little girls all over the world have chosen one or more of their favorites and dress up to showcase their love of the storybook world.

“Role models? You betcha! We’ve all got unique qualities that make us strong, female characters. Examples? Well, we can’t think of any off-hand, but we’ll totally get back to you.”

Another successful line is the Disney Villains.

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Childhood = 100 Years Ago

To All Who Come To This Happy Place… Aaaarrrggh!

NOTE – While I am offline writing fiction and ignoring my blog, I’ve decided to post a few pieces that 99% of you have never read.

Originally published by Forces Of Geek


Perhaps I’d been serenaded “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” once too often while still in the womb or maybe it was the steady diet of Donald Duck brand orange juice made with fruit concentrate that did it to me. Whatever the root cause, I was raised with an inherent love of all things Disney. To my sister and me, Disney cartoons and films were seen as the embodiment of all things good, they conveyed a world where things were safe, where good things happened to good people and where solutions to most of our problems were just a Sherman brothers song away. I believed that the Disney magic was real. Real, that is, until… that one day.

What happened that day, you ask?

A sobering reality that haunts me to this day–that’s what happened.

Let us journey, boys and girls, back to a not-so-magical land called… Anaheim.

“Oh look. Anaheim has people dress up as foliage. How quaint!”

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Shameless Plug

LINK: M-I-C… See That Exit? K-E-Y… Why? Because You’re Fired!

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 M-I-C… See That Exit? K-E-Y… Why? Because You’re Fired!

Mouseketeer Roll Call! 

Mary Danella Espinoza…?

* insert sound of record scratching here *

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