Walt Disney Logo

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, an investigative video attempts to figure out where the famous squiggly version of the letter “D” comes from in the Walt Disney Pictures logo. Plus, a video essay explores how to write a good beginning to a story, and Jada Pinkett Smith breaks down her career on film and television.

First up, YouTuber Hank Green tried to find out where the squiggly Disney logo came from. While the famous signature of Walt Disney has been associated with the movie studio for decades now, it’s not exactly the same as any signature Walt Disney himself ever used. Though it does have elements of some of his signatures, the “D” in Disney doesn’t seem to have a clear origin.

Next up, even though the above video can’t be embedded or played here on our page, this video essay from Pandemonium was brought to our attention by screenwriter Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine), and it’s absolutely worth watching over on Vimeo. The video explores the traits of a good beginning to a story, which might help you with any screenwriting aspirations you might have.

Actress Jada Pinkett Smith breaks down her career on the big screen and the small screen for Vanity Fair. Her look back at decades in front of the camera includes early roles in True Colors and Menace II Society, as well as turns you might have forgotten about in movies like The Nutty Professor. Plus, of course Girls’ Trip is included too.

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