Friday, December 21, 2007

Snow White Attacks!

Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was released 70 years ago today.

Although some film critics like to hint that Walt Disney took too much credit for the animations that came out of his studio, this promotional short seems to make an honest effort to show that many people did the work.

But what I like most about this piece is the way the off-camera narrator barks out every line as if the Empire of Japan had just bombed Pearl Harbor. I guess that was "gravitas" for the 1930's. When the Empire of Japan finally did attack, this guy was ready.

Monday, December 17, 2007

They'd sound better but...

Per the 1930 Census, Walt Disney's partner/accountant/brother Roy's occupation was... "Sound Recorder"

(click to enlarge)

found on gruntzooki's flicker page

Also interesting: both Walt and Roy married older women. Judging from their neighbors' occupations listed here, the Disneys were living in a fairly middle-class neighborhood.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

An Edsel for the 21st Century

I'm sure car enthusiasts wondered what would happen when Ford bought Jaguar some years ago. Not to worry...

Ladies and Gentlemen, for the first time ever, the unreliable engineering of a Jaguar has been combined with the unattractiveness of a station wagon!

Ford brought a distinguished history of automotive marketing disaster to Jaguar that it could never have acquired on its own:

The Edsel Show starring Bing Crosby