Tagged Disney

Throwback Thursday: Greeting Programs from Disney’s Tron

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—“classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. As mentioned in my column last week on The Black Hole, in the late ’70s and early ’80s Disney was trying to add more adult fare to its theatrical releases. This concerted effort gave us such films as The Watcher in the Woods, The Devil and Max Devlin, and Dragonslayer, to name a few....

Throwback Thursday: Whatever Happened to Disney’s The Black Hole?

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—“classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, fun, and relevant. Walt Disney Pictures released 47 films in the 1970s. Only one of those, however, was rated PG. What could have possibly gotten Disney away from their standard G fare and actually gotten a PG rating? If you read the title of this column, you’ll already know that it was 1979’s The Black Hole. Disney,...

Drinking with Disney

As children, we paired our favorite Disney films with beverages like chocolate milk, apple juice, Capri Suns, and—if your family was super cool—Kool-Aid Bursts. As adults, our routines have likely changed a bit; I know mine certainly has. When I watch Disney movies these days, the reactions I have to them are different: When Bambi’s mom dies, it hits a little bit closer to home because I now know the feeling of losing a loved one and have more...

Book Geek Bulletin: Fitzgerald, Fantasy, and Films

Welcome to a new regular feature where we round up what’s going on in the world of literary culture and books—both here in Minnesota and around the world. Local Lit The Strand literary magazine has published “Temperature,” a never-before-seen short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald that was discovered in his papers at Princeton University. You can buy the issue here. Fitzgerald’s former brownstone on St. Paul’s Summit Avenue has been for sale since June, if you have $650,000 lying around....

Field Trip: Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway

Disney’s newest classic animated film to be reimagined into a Broadway show, after the tremendous success of Beauty and the Beast,  The Lion King, Tarzan, and The Little Mermaid,  is Aladdin. It debuted at New York’s New Amsterdam Theatre in the spring of 2014. I was incredibly lucky to be able to attend the Valentines Day show on my recent trip to New York. I have seen many shows, on Broadway and elsewhere, and I have to say that...

Our Pink Purgatory

Back in my unfettered pre-parental state, we used to visit with friends who had two daughters. These daughters had been thoroughly indoctrinated into Princess Culture, and it gave grown-up, feminist me the shudders. (Delightful children, and their parents were bemused by the princessing of their house as well.) I vowed that should I ever have a daughter, there was no way I would let this sort of thing into our house. Hubris, in all its Hellenic glory, was just...
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