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  1. A History of Women in Animation: Mothers of a Medium

    Supergirly

    When I first decided to do this article, I was naive. With all the modern resources at my fingertips, I thought finding information on the ladies behind animation would be super easy. “Oh, you sweet summer child,” has run through my head a few times, as I struggled to find even the most basic pieces of information. Standard books used for animation history classes barely mentioned women in passing, much less their achievements. Because of the technical nature of animation, there is an underlying sense of sexism which is not unlike the sexism that exists in the tech space. This is true even today, where it’s not uncommon to be one of a handful of girls within a studio setting. The lack of notable female animation professionals within history only reinforces this assumption that it is ‘boys club’ industry. As a result, the names of women who have moved the industry forward have faded. This is my attempt to bring them back into the spotlight.

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  2. Disney Announces Their Own Streaming Network With Over 400 Titles

    SMILE DARN YA SMILE!

    For a long time, there was a severe lack of Walt Disney Company titles on Netflix. Then slowly but surely, deals started being made and the classic animated films began popping up in my queue. I was very happy, as I'm sure others were. But today, Disney has announced their very own streaming service for a slew of titles launching with their latest hit, Frozen

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  3. Things We Saw Today: The Internet’s Definitive Picture of Hugh Jackman with a Mullet

    Things We Saw Today

    For now, at least. This was taken on day one of Hugh Jackman filming Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie. We could have an entire movie of mulleted Wolverine coming up. I’m frightened. (io9)

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  4. Meryl Streep Takes Walt Disney To Task In Emma Thompson Speech

    "Some of his associates reported that Walt Disney didn’t really like women,” she began. “There is a piece of received wisdom that says that the most creative people are often odd or irritating, eccentric, damaged, difficult; that along with enormous creativity comes certain deficits in humanity or decency. We are familiar with this trope in our business: Mozart, Van GoghTarantino, Eminem. Ezra Pound said, ‘I have not anyone worth a damn who was not irascible.’ Well I have: Emma Thompson. Not only is she not irascible, she’s practically a saint...Streep then couldn’t resist returning to Disney the man: “Disney, who brought joy arguably to billions of people was, perhaps, or had some racist proclivities. He formed and supported an anti-Semitic industry lobbying group and he was certainly, on the evidence of his company’s policies, a gender bigot,” she said, before reading an actual 1938 letter from Disney rejecting a female applicant to the animation trainee program. “When I saw the film, I could just imagine Walt Disney’s chagrin at having to cultivate P.L. Travers’ favor for the 20 years that it took to secure the rights to her work. It must have killed him to encounter in a woman an equally disdainful and superior creature, a person dismissive of his own considerable gifts and prodigious output and imagination.” - Entertainment Weekly reporting on Meryl Streep's speech on Emma Thompson at the National Board of Review dinner. Variety cited a line from that letter...

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  5. Tom Hanks Gives Us His Best Walt Disney In The Saving Mr. Banks Trailer

    It's A World of Laughter A World of Tears

    Just the other day we saw our first official image of Tom Hanks and the always wonderful Emma Thompson from Saving Mr. Banks. The film will tell the story of P.L. Travers (Thompson), creator of Mary Poppins, and Walt Disney's long road to capturing her works. I have to admit, the trailer tugged at my heartstrings a bit. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  6. Things We Saw Today: First Look at Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in Mary Poppins Bio Pic

    Things We Saw Today

    Saving Mr. Banks promises to tell the story of the tumultuous working relationship between Walt Disney and author P.L. Travers, creator of Mary Poppins. (Bleeding Cool)

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  7. Out Of Work Disney Villains Submit Their Resumes

    old gods do new jobs

    Look, being a villain is tough. You almost always wind up back at the drawing board (if not worse). So what's a villain to do? Start sending out those resumes, of course! And thanks to Oh My Disney, we know the experience and particular skill sets of some of our favorite Disney villains.

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  8. Bride Is Ariel, Groom Is Prince Eric, Bridesmaids Are Disney Princesses In The Most Magical Wedding On Earth

    Pretty Pretty Princess

    Jamie Chandler, and new husband Christopher, had a wedding many dream of all of their lives. One where an evil villain sleeps in and misses the whole thing. What? That's kind of what you were thinking, wasn't it? Anyway, the Chandler's looked like they had a whole lot of fun on their special day complete with friends and relatives who were willing to dress up as Disney characters to make it happen. Take a look at the extremely colorful wedding day. (Shari Photography via Yahoo)

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  9. There’s an Opera About Walt Disney, and You Can Watch it Online

    An opera that features cryogenics, a robotic Abraham Lincoln, and utopian visions may sound insane, but it weirdly makes more sense once you learn the opera is about the life of Walt Disney. The Perfect American is an opera by Philip Glass based on the book by the same name, that gives a fictional account of the last few months of Walt Disney's life. The opera will premiere in Madrid, but that's far away. Thankfully, the performance will be streaming online.

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  10. Annie Leibovitz Shoots Taylor Swift As Rapunzel For Disney Parks Campaign

    Consider the Following

    Photographer Annie Leibovitz has been doing a series of portraits depicting Hollywood names as famous Disney characters. In the past she's shot Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella, Rachel Weisz as Snow White, Jessica Biel as Pocahontas, and Queen Latifah as Ursula. The latest is pop-star Taylor Swift as Rapunzel. What do you think? The ad will appear in upcoming issues of Vanity Fair, InStyle, and People magazines. (via USA Today) Previously in Disney

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  11. Princesses Ariel and Belle Finally Have Their Own Castles At Disney

    Pretty Pretty Princess

    If you ever wondered why Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella were the only Disney Princesses to have fancy castles at Disney theme parks, you're not alone. Finally, the Walt Disney Company are attempting to play catch-up with the ladies and have granted both Ariel and Belle their own special houses. 

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  12. 1946 Walt Disney Menstruation Animation Tells Us We’re Ok Just The Way We Are

    Bloody Good Fun

    No, this video from 1946 isn't perfect as far as feminism goes but I have to say, I'm surprised to find it so...not 1946? Though I guess I'm even more surprised Walt Disney Productions made a video about our periods at all. 

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  13. Disney World Chocolate Dioramas Are Too Good To Eat

    It's A World of Laughter A World of Tears

    Walt Disney World's Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is happening right now and while there are countless delectable items to eat, you won't be able to get your grubby hands on these. In an exhibit called "The Chocolate Experience: From The Bean to the Bar" chocolatiers Ghirardelli have formed yummy candy into works of art - Disney art, that is! And no, they didn't stick to just Disney proper. Take a look, but don't touch, these awesome dioramas. (via That's Nerdalicious)

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  14. That $4 Billion Disney Is Paying George Lucas? Most Of It Is Going To Charity.

    I Guess I Can't Argue With That

    You might have heard the recent news of Walt Disney purchasing LucasFilm for $4 billion and thought, "Doesn't George Lucas have enough money already?" And yes, he does. So he's giving a major portion of the money to charity. But which one? 

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  15. Disney Acquires Lucasfilm; Promises Star Wars VII in 2015; Lucas Passes “To a New Generation of Filmmakers”

    what is this I don't even

    Look, I was expecting to be reeling from a hurricane this morning. I wasn't expecting to hit the end of my work day with the news that Disney now controls all of its own properties, those of Marvel comics, and those of Lucasfilm. But it's true. As confirmed by Reuters and several legitimate business sources, Disney has acquired Lucasfilm, and with Lucasfilm the Star Wars franchise. They're also promising Star Wars Episode 7 by 2015, the same year as The Avengers 2 and Warner Bros. putative Justice League.

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  16. ‘Mary Poppins’ Production Biopic is a Go, Emma Thompson is P.L. Travers

    Officially Official

    Ms. Poppins and her umbrella are getting some serious mileage, of late. Hot on the chimney-top stomping heels of a hit Broadway translation, the Walt Disney Co is putting semi-biopic Saving Mr. Banks onto the slate for next year. Yesterday marked the start of production on the 60s period piece, which will chronicle Walt Disney's 20-year odyssey to obtain the screen rights to P.L. Travers' books and character, focusing on the tension between the author and the company's founder during the making of the classic film. In the author's corner is the immeasurable Emma Thompson, and in Disney's, none other than Tom Hanks. Paul Giamatti, Colin Farrell, and Jason Schwartzman round out the cast, though IMDB has no listing yet for who's on deck to play Julie Andrews.

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  17. New Wreck-It Ralph Trailer Shows Us Not All Bad Guys Are Bad

    Highly Successful Marketing Strategies

    Look, we were sold on Wreck-It Ralph from trailer one. Anything else is just bonus points. HA. HA. Get it? Because the movie is about video game characters. I apologize. The latest trailer gives us a bunch of new scenes, including more Q*bert, plus a Bad Guy Affirmation! Watch and see how many retro game characters you can name. (via io9)

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  18. This 1950s Walt Disney Animation Explores How Cats Went From Gods To Devils

    It's A World of Laughter A World of Tears

    This delightful animation was part of a weekly hour-long television program Disney put together for ABC back in 1954 in exchange for their help building Disneyland. Youtuber Disneytv4me writes, "As a result, the television show was also originally named Disneyland. The anthology series has since gone through a number of name changes over the years: Walt Disney Presents, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, The Wonderful World of Disney, Disney's Wonderful World, Walt Disney, The Disney Sunday Movie, and The Magical World of Disney. The series spanned an incredible 54 years—13 seasons of which were hosted by Walt Disney, himself." Here now, for your enjoyment, is a piece they did on the history of cats. (via Scott Weinberg)

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  19. Disney Fashion Suitable For Any Day Of The Week

    Do Try This At Home

    Have you ever imagined you were a Walt Disney character? I know I have. While wearing costumes on a regular basis in public has yet to become socially acceptable (one day!), you can achieve what your imagination desires by going the sly route. There's a tumblr called Disney Bound, "Where Fashion Nerds and Disney Geeks Collide," that provides some great inspiration. Take a look at some of the character outfits they've been showcasing!

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  20. Is Disney Planning To Put A Spell On You With A Hocus Pocus Sequel?

    She Turned Me Into a Newt!

    Come little children, the times come for a Hocus Pocus sequel! I love the 1993 Disney film starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy so much I don't even care that this is quite assuredly a terrible idea. Read on for details! 

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