2020 Disney Hallmark Ornaments

It’s Thanksgiving week, which means if you aren’t getting your Christmas tree out, then you’re already behind. If you’re looking to beef up your collection of ornaments inspired by the magical films of Walt Disney Animation Studios, then Hallmark has you covered with several new additions to their Keepsake Ornaments line for 2020.

This year, the 2020 Disney Hallmark ornaments include Beauty and the Beast, Bambi, Dumbo, The Aristocats, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Lady and the Tramp, Pocahontas, and more. There are even a couple more additions from Disney’s modern favorite like Frozen 2 and Moana. Check them all out below. Read More »

Disney Animation Posters and Marvel Artwork by Cliff Cramp and Mark Chilcott

Artists Cliff Cramp and Mark Chilcott have delivered some stunning pop culture for our consumption in the past. Not too long ago, Cramp crafted a series of The Lord of the Rings pieces that brought J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth to life beautifully, and Chilcott provided several different versions of Batman in Gotham City. Now both artists are back taking in different pop culture iconography in their signature styles.

This time, Cliff Cramp has honed in on some astounding landscapes of Disney’s animated classics such as The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, The Jungle Book, Bambi, Mulan, and more. Meanwhile, Mark Chilcott has shifted to the superheroes of New York with some masterful interpretations of Spider-Man and Daredevil. Check out all of their latest pieces below. Read More »

Bambi Remake

Did you love the emotionless, photorealistic animals from Disney’s remake of The Lion King? Well, we have good news for you. The House of Mouse isn’t anywhere near done reaching into their vault to give a makeover to their classics with an animal-centric cast. The next one on the roster is Bambi, the coming-of-age story of a young deer who happens to be the prince of the king of the forest, and Disney has already hired pair of writers to tackle it. Read More »

Bambi punishment

We know the CIA has used “enhanced interrogation techniques” like playing songs at loud volume to torture detainees, but has a judge ever ordered a prisoner to repeatedly watch a movie as a form of punishment? I guess there’s a first time for everything, because Lawrence County Judge Robert George ordered a convicted deer poacher to watch the Walt Disney Animation movie Bambi as part of his sentence – and the prisoner has to watch it more than once. Get the details below.
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Best Movie Moms

Mothers are incredible creatures, that’s a given. From your own to those of a fictional existence, all of the moms of the world each play a critical role in the story of our lives, or in the tales of our favorite pieces of media. They inspire the hero, teach them the fundamental building blocks of life, and energize them to continue on their own personal journeys – all the while being their own special brand of magical, smart individuals (or being terrifying villains of the horror sort, but that’s for another list.)

So with a certain mother themed holiday having just passed, along with the momma-positive flicks Life of the Party and Breaking In now in theaters, it is definitely time to celebrate some of the best moms in cinematic history. There will be some obvious choices for sure, but there are also some underrated ladies that need their moment to shine. Whether you would put them on your own list, or choose a different movie mom to recognize, there is no denying the importance these women have within their stories, and for the legacy of moms on film as a whole. So grab your bouquet of flowers – its time to pay the 10 best movie moms some respect! Read More »

the lion king

(Welcome to The Disney Discourse, a recurring feature where Josh Spiegel discusses the latest in Disney news. He goes deep on everything from the animated classics to the theme parks to live-action franchises. In this edition: why Disney movies shouldn’t be afraid of death.)

Few moments in American cinema stick with people from their youth through adulthood as much as the death of Bambi’s mother midway through the 1942 Disney animated classic Bambi. (Her death was the focal point of one of the truly great entries in Gary Larson’s dearly departed The Far Side comic strip.) This murder, caused by an offscreen hunter, is handled as carefully and artfully as possible. We don’t see anything, not even a hint of the gruesome aftermath, just the echoing sound of shotgun shells. Then, the young Bambi is gruffly told by his largely absent father, the Great Prince of the Forest, that “Your mother can’t be with you anymore” as snow falls over the young deer’s furry face. This is a standout sequence in Disney animation not just because it’s emotional or beautifully rendered. It depicts something that almost never actually happens in the Disney canon: death.

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mondo disney show

UPDATE: A few more posters from the show have been revealed and we’ve added them to the gallery below.

Last month, Mondo and Cyclops Print Works revealed a new gallery show and it’s a doozy. As its name implies, Never Grow Up: A Disney Art Show is an art show dedicated to Disney classics, with an all-star roster of talent offering gorgeous takes on some of the best and most famous animated movies ever made.

Today, we’re pleased to debut two posters that will be available at the show when doors open later this week: Laurent Durieux‘s Bambi and Becky Cloonan‘s Fantasia.

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Aladdin's Genie and Sebastian

Even casual Disney fans have likely noticed that the studio’s various animated features often contain subtle nods at each other. Rapunzel from Tangled has Disney fairy tale books in her collection, Nani from Lilo & Stitch has a Mulan poster, et cetera. But what if these aren’t mere sight gags from playful animators. What if, instead, they’re hard evidence that all of these movies take place in the same universe?

In an homage of sorts to Jon Negroni’s The Pixar Theory, Josh Butler posits that 30 of Disney’s animated features share a world. His thesis requires some suspension of disbelief — for one thing, it involves a lot of magic and time travel — but it’s fun to think about nonetheless. Hit the jump to see how Butler’s theory shakes out.

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In 1988, the National Film Preservation Act create the National Film Registry, which selects a couple dozen films each year for preservation in the Library of Congress. Up to 25 films are selected annually as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films.” These have to be at least ten years old, can be feature, short experimental or ‘other’ — anything that is film, really — and are chosen from a list of films nominated by the public.

This year, 2228 films were nominated by the public and twenty-five were selected for preservation. Among those are the big Oscar winner The Silence of the Lambs, everyone’s favorite autistic history hero Forrest Gump, Charlie Chaplin‘s The Kid and one of the greatest (and earliest) train movies ever made, John Ford‘s The Iron Horse.

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VOTD: 50 Disney Spoilers in 3 Minutes


In honor of Walt Disney Animation releasing it’s 50th full length film Tangled, our friends the Fine Brothers have filed the latest episode of their popular “Spoiler” series. You might remember that we’ve featured their videos 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes, Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History, 50 spoilers of 2009 in 4 minutes, and 100 Horror Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes. Hit the jump to watch their latest. And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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