Category Archives: Disney

Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse!

I don’t know what I was thinking.  I forgot my favorite animated character’s birthday! Mickey Mouse’s birthday is November 18, because that was the day in 1928 when he made his first appearance, in a cartoon short entitled Steamboat Willie at the Colony Theater in New York.  Steamboat Willie was actually the third film made, but it was

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The Psychology of “Inside Out”

I’ve seen the latest Pixar animated feature Inside Out twice now, and I thought it was a remarkable film.  As an adult, it gave me a lot to think about, yet if I was a kid, I would’ve enjoyed it just as much.  It’s a great starting point for explaining emotions and memories to children.

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The Cost of Meeting Davy Crockett

I’m a Disney collector, and I’ll be first to admit we sometimes do strange things.  Not that they seem strange then, but looking back in hindsight, they can seem, well, just kind of weird.   For example, I attended the Official Disneyana Convention at Walt Disney World, September 6-10, 1995.  If you never attended any of these conventions

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Why Many Disney Characters Don’t Have Moms

Two essential ingredients of any good movie are a tightly written, compelling story and believable, empathetic characters. Many of the Disney animated classics are perfect examples. But one glaring omission in many of these is the lack of one or both parents, usually the mother. How could this be? Creative arts don’t normally beget statistical

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