What Walt Taught Me: Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp is an ideal date movie: a bit scruffy, adventurous, romantic, and fun. Walt and company continued to churn out classics through the 1950′s in a silver age unmatched until Pixar started making films. Energy and story telling at Walt’s company  nearly died in the 1940′s along with humanity in World War [Read More...]

What Walt Taught Me: Peter Pan

I can fly, just like Wendy, I can fly. Or so I told my children growing up because Wendy is the heart and soul of Disney’s Peter Pan.  Peter is not particularly likable, but Wendy does what she can. I aspire to be like Wendy, capable of joyous childhood, but also able to grow up. [Read More...]

What Walt Taught Me: Alice in Wonderland

What if you could go on a drug trip with no harm? What if imagination was capable of producing better results than alcohol? A book read more often by adults than actual children, Alice in Wonderland, was transformed into a movie that children can enjoy with grownups. Here at last the experiments with licit craziness [Read More...]

What Walt Taught Me: Cinderella

She is irresistible and if you have not seen the film recently: strong and virtuous. Cinderella is an object lesson in a good attitude toward outrageous fortune. Unrealistic story telling has caused us to forget the basic fairy tale truth: good things come to people who learn to be good without good things. We can [Read More...]

What Walt Taught Me: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad

This movie haunted my dreams as a child. There may be a more frightening scene to today’s kids than Ichabod being chased by the “headless horseman,” but if so I pity any kid who sees it. This is a wholesome fear . . . the kind of fear a kid should have. There are boogie men [Read More...]

What Walt Taught Me: Melody Time

Melody Time shows Walt at the bottom of the animation barrel. He had turned his attention toward experiments in educational films, live action, and was coming back to the insane idea of a theme park, Disneyland, and the missing genius shows for the first time. Melody Time actually has two delightful sequences I saw as a child: [Read More...]

What Walt Taught Me: Fun and Fancy Free

 “If you have seen one old Disney package movie,” complained a member of my house, “you have seen them all.” This is not true, but lackluster present advertising makes it look that way. If we compare the animation, writing, and innovation in these package films to movies like Minions or Kung Fu Panda, then it is [Read More...]

In Which I Live Blog the Debate

    Bottom line: Bush is rusty. Rubio is inspiriting. Huckabee is a great debater. Kasich is a serious candidate. Rubio is very, very charismatic and must be Clinton’s nightmare. Christie and Paul demolished themselves. Trump is Trump. Carson is a swell guy that I hope becomes my friend. Walker was not memorable.   ——— [Read More...]

What Walt Taught Me: Make Mine Music

World War II changed everything, but what if you just missed the War? What if for the rest of your life older brothers or dads fought and you simply  grew up in the peaceful world they made? Just as the generation that came of age in 1866 must been thankful to have missed the Civil [Read More...]

What Walt Taught Me: Three Caballeros

Three Caballeros is an experimental movie, a licit drug trip disguised as an animated movie. Walt did not control his studio in World War II, the government did, but Walt refused to surrender creativity. This is another “package” movie… a series of cartoons thinly linked together as birthday presents to Donald Duck. If you think your great-grandfather lived [Read More...]