What Walt Taught Me: 101 Dalmations

The early 1960′s were a hopeful time . . . the last moment when World War II liberalism, Roosevelt’s coalition, ran the world and people could believe without causing laughter that Science would solve all our problems. The civilized world would spread and democratic values in the United Nations would solve rather than cause all  the [Read More...]

What Walt Taught Me: Sleeping Beauty

No film is more beautiful than Sleeping Beauty. There are different approaches to beauty, but the Disney artists under Walt’s indulgence made the most beautiful film they were capable of making. The “story” is not great, but the look is beyond compare. You don’t go to the Magic Flute to follow the story (God bless [Read More...]

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...]