It turns out Donald Trump is bad guy Prince John from Disney’s Robin Hood

Pundits have been scrambling to find the pop-culture analogy that perfectly explains the unlikely political rise of reality TV personality Donald Trump. Until Trump screwed things up by actually winning the election in November, it seemed like Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane was the ideal choice. But writer Tyler Huckabee…

Real-life cartoon Donald Trump gets his own Mickey Mouse Club-style anthem

Real estate tycoon Donald Trump has promised to “make America great again” if elected president in November, by restoring the nation to its former glory. Perhaps some of his supporters would like Trump to turn the clock back to 1955, a relatively innocent time when Walt Disney introduced his second venture into…

The Mickey Mouse Club cast Annette Funicello as the quintessential teen

When Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California, in July 1955, the park featured distinct areas dedicated to different kinds of kid-friendly fiction: Westerns, jungle adventures, fairy tales, and futuristic fantasy. Then there was another section, reflective of Walt Disney himself. “Main Street, U.S.A.” was meant to…

Celebrate Bambi’s 74th anniversary with this look back at its creation

Bambi—the iconic Disney animated film responsible for destroying childhood innocence everywhere—celebrated its 74th anniversary on Saturday. Drew Taylor of the website Oh My Disney dug into the production history of the 1942 classic. The film was the fifth feature released by Disney, and Taylor calls it the…

Forget Frozen, Lilo & Stitch is Disney’s best exploration of sisterhood

Disney princesses have become something of a battleground recently. In a media landscape starved for mainstream female representation, they’re a touchstone for what and how we teach girls: Do the princesses inspire or limit? Are they feminist? Should their stories involve love? Should their stories involve gay love?…

In the ’90s, Disney came this close to building a Civil War theme park

Former Paramount Pictures chief Michael Eisner had a lot of big ideas when he took over as CEO of the then-foundering Walt Disney Company in 1984. Controversial as he eventually turned out to be, Eisner did initially succeed in reversing the company’s fortunes in the late 1980s and early ’90s. After years of critical…

Watch Disney characters sway in step together with recycled animation

When Disney animators made the 1937 Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, it was the first feature film to be made with hand-drawn cels and turned into such an expensive endeavor Walt Disney had to mortgage his house. After Snow White, cels were recycled with new characters drawn over old characters’ movements, saving the…

Read This: Explore the science of Disney’s Animatronic presidents

The Hall of Presidents at Disney World and the similar Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln at Disneyland, have, over time, become a cliché. As immortalized by The Simpsons, they’re the boring, no-line exhibits you drag your kids to when they’re overstimulated by the rides and the candy and the giant talking mice, on the…