Dolphin

The Internet is like an endless search for buried treasure. You can always find something new and exciting. Case in point, a five year old story that didn’t get a lot of play but is simply awesome. It also has loose ties to movies and Disney, two things we kind of like here.

In the late Nineties, Disney Imagineering helped create an animatronic dolphin that could actually swim and interact underwater. It appeared at Disney properties on only two occasions, just for a few days, before the company decided it was not a practical design for daily theme park use.

The dolphin was designed with the help of a company called Edge Innovations, which made the animatronic animals for films like Deep Blue Sea, Flipper, Anaconda, Free Willy 3, Cast Away, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, as well as the frickin’ sharks with frickin’ laser beams in Austin Powers in Goldmember.

Where is this dolphin now? We don’t really know. But you can read more about his story, and watch a video of this amazing creation, below. Read More »

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You may remember Academy Award and Emmy nominated director Leslie Iwerks from her fantastic documentaries on cinema: A Pixar Story and Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible. If you haven’t seen them, stop reading this and go find them. She’s also from a family of multi-generational Disney legends — the daughter of Disney Legend Don Iwerks and granddaughter of Ub Iwerks, the animator and co-creator of Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. At D23 Expo, it was announced that Iwerks’ next documentary, coming in 2016, will focus on Walt Disney Imagineering — the company responsible for developing and designing all the magic in the Disney theme parks, ships and resorts worldwide. The teaser trailer is online and available to watch after the jump.

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