Original concept art, model sheets and finished animation for the fish from the Nutcracker Suite segment from Walt Disney’s Fantasia.
Most Disney fans have noticed a striking resemblance between the fish from Fantasia and Cleo the goldfish from Pinocchio. This is because both of these flirty fish were designed and animated by the same guy – Don Lusk!
In their seminal animation book, The Illusion of Life, Disney legends Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston wrote of the fish, “Never has an object on celluloid looked so diaphanous and delicate.”
i’m comprising this with the projects that made me most question my own beliefs on the oh-so-important (not really) question of “what is cinema?”, projects which morphed my perceptions of traditional filmmaking techniques and distribution/marketing tactics, and the projects which overall generated the most interesting conversations afterwards:
twin peaks: the return (dir. david lynch)
get out (dir. jordan peele)
mother! (dir. darren aronofsky)
world of tomorrow episode two: the burden of other people’s thoughts (dir. don hertzfeldt)
Roddy Piper tells a story about Portland wrestling promoter Don Owen 
NWA’s territory in Portland, Oregon was ran by Don Owen, a curmudgeonly man who insisted that the wrestlers spend the first few minutes of the match shoot wrestling in order to get the crowd invested. In addition to such a rule, he would often berate wrestlers in an effort to keep them working hard, but the idea had the opposite effect, often lowering the locker room morale. On one particularly frustrating night, the late Roddy Piper’s biography Rowdy includes a recollection of a moment when Owen pushed the boys just a bit too far.
The ranting, cigar-chomping Owen rubbed the wrestlers the wrong way. Some nights they’d lock him out of the dressing room. It was best for Owen when they did. One night between matches in Salem, Oregon, he began ranting abut the night’s card being too anemic for his liking. “You guys couldn’t draw flies to shit,” he growled. He put his cigar down on a massage table so he could really light into the boys.
Roddy’s new tag team partner, Killer Brooks, grabbed that cigar while Owen was distracted with his tirade, dipped the unlit end into the back of his trunks and gave it a good, deep tour of the area. When Owen was done yelling, the promoter found his cigar where he’d left it. He picked it up and headed for the door. “All right, you guys, get out there and I want you to work, work, work!”
Roddy sat on the bench, tears leaking out of his eyes, he was trying so hard not to laugh. Owen noticed him and asked what was the matter. Roddy shook his head, nothing. Owen cussed at the room a little more and shoved the cigar in his mouth.
He opened the door to leave and then stopped. He spun around and the whole room held its breath. “And another thing,” he snarled. “It smells like shit in here!”
Like, I know Disney would never go this way, especially not in Ducktales, but I have always wondered if Donald has killed anyone.
Honestly, I imagine he has. In the Navy, or on adventures even, he just seems like he’s gone through some real tough choice, life or death shit.
Understand, Donald in the Navy–or in appropriate cases, the Army–is such a huge factor in how I perceive him. I know it isn’t for everyone, but the majority of my male relatives have served in the armed forces in some way and…I don’t know. It informs their character so much. So, regardless of which specific Duck universe it is, in my mind Donald has served in some capacity.
And the thing about the adventures–Scrooge and Della thought alike, right? They were both the type to get caught up in the adventuring part of it that, sometimes, they forgot that there were people who might be against them. Might try to stop them. And, well…Donald’s the protector, isn’t he? I honestly don’t find it that hard to believe that he could do it, if his family’s safety was at stake.
Again, this will never be confirmed, and probably won’t be denied simply because Disney doesn’t play that game. But, taking the Ducks out of the kid-friendly bubble, is it really so far-fetched to think that Donald, at least once in his life, has had to kill someone?