disney's short films

i’m in my prime,
not withering and old.
but i refuse to play
your wicked games any longer.

i know this tether is unbreakable,
but you make me feel like i’m interchangeable.
you drew a target on my heart,
when did this become fatal attraction?

i don’t have the strength,
the energy,
nor the patience
to be held hostage by your love.

so baby please don’t despair
when i say that
i’ve found the courage to
let you go.

you were never meant to be tied down in the first place.

—  believing i could love you was my mistake, c.j.n.

I know Disney has this whole multiverse thing going, but just for fun I like to try and piece together which media could plausibly occupy the same setting even without the multiverse conceit, given similarities in worldbuilding, the presence or absence of magic, how talking animals appear to work, etc.

For example, you can draw a pretty clear line from Lady and the Tramp through 101 Dalmatians, The Rescuers and finally to Oliver and Company.

The Great Mouse Detective superficially seems like it ought to fit into the same setting, but actually doesn’t, since non-rodents don’t appear to be sapient in the GMD milieu.

Interestingly, the television series Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers slots in with no particular difficulty - except that Chip and Dale also canonically interact with Donald Duck, whose world has no humans. There are two possible ways to reconcile this: either Chip and Dale are multiversal champions and versions of them exist in many worlds, or else there were some off-screen dimension hopping shenanigans in between the timeframe of the classic Disney short films and the timeframe of Rescue Rangers. I’m not sure which I prefer.

For discussion: if we allow non-Disney films, does The Secret of NIMH belong in this setting?

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Coming Soon: Eyvind Earle exhibit at The Walt Disney Family Museum

Great news! The Walt Disney Family Museum is hosting an Eyvind Earle exhibit later this year!

My source?

Amazon has a posted a pre-order listing for a catalog by Michael Labrie titled, Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle.

Here’s the official description:

From his graphic, colorful concept art for Disney classics such as Sleeping Beauty to the dramatic, near-surreal paintings of his late career, the work of Eyvind Earle has garnered worldwide respect and admiration. Here, collected in Awaking Beauty, is a dazzling selection of his life’s greatest images, brought to you by the Walt Disney Family Foundation.

Awaking Beauty accompanies the Walt Disney Family Museum’s 2017 Eyvind Earle exhibition of the same name. In its glossy pages, you’ll discover more than 300 beautifully reproduced samples of Earle’s most remarkable imagery, including dynamic concept paintings for Paul Bunyan, humorous thumbnails for Lady and the Tramp, and background explorations and character sketches for dozens of beloved Disney films and shorts. You’ll also be treated to a collection of his charming Christmas card designs; arresting ink-on-scatchboard experiments from his autobiography Homeward Bound on a Bicycle; intriguing sculptures and silkscreen prints; and sweeping, grandiose, and powerful landscape oil paintings of the 1970s through ’90s
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Click here to view Amazon’s info page!  

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Beauty and the Beast: Date Night (Comedy Short)
Date Night: A Comedy Short Featuring: Audrey Rushan as Belle and Avery Jones as The Beast Directed, Edited and Produced by Avery Jones Puppet Built by Big He...

After pulling a crazy all-nighter it’s finally here! Be my guest and check out my comedy short “Date Night” on my YouTube channel now!

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The Ugly Duckling - Silly Symphony - Walt Disney, 1939