Walt Disney's Personal Tragedy Is Reflected In His Movies

Many of Walt Disney's early movies feature a common theme of the main character losing, or having already lost, their mother- Bambi's mother was shot, Dumbo's mom was locked up and Cinderella's mom died before the film's storyline began.

These themes, like many others present in Disney films, weren't included simply to cause an emotional reaction, they were included as a nod to Disney's own life.

Walt Disney was doing so well with his animation studio by the 1940s that he bought his parents a new house, allowing them to share in his success.

But when it was discovered that the home's furnace was in need of repair Walt sent one of his studio hands over to fix it rather than calling a professional, which would prove to be a fatal act of frugality.

The housekeeper arrived one day to find Disney's parents unconscious on the floor, poisoned by a gas leak. She pulled Walt's parents outside as quickly as she could, which saved Elias Disney's life, but sadly his mother Flora was already dead.

Disney never forgave himself for making such a terrible mistake, and the theme of a dead or missing mother became a common tragic thread that connects most Disney films.

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Parrot Away

According to pop culture pirates love parrots, and even though real life pirates kept all kinds of birds as feathered status symbols the parrot will always be associated with pirates thanks to Long John Silver from Treasure Island.

So now that parrots are eternally connected to pirates it's about time someone opens up a parrot shop that caters to pirates, one which is on an island so they can sail right up, grab a bird and go.

Just make sure the shop appeals to gross and grimy pirates, because ugly parrots need love too!

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Parrot Away was created by third year animation students at The Animation Workshop in Denmark, but it seems like it was made by veteran animators- because it's entertaining from beginning to end!


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Having A Baby Is Just Like Playing A Video Game

Before Players one and two are handed a newborn baby and officially begin their first quest in the strange and wondrous game called Parenthood they have to go through the longest intro sequence ever.

This intro sequence isn't much fun for the mother carrying the child, but it does prepare her for the fact that nearly every quest in Parenthood will be an escort quest- and the wee one has a very small health bar.

And, as this comic by Andy Kluthe and Andrew Bridgman shows, Parenthood is full of stealth, danger and toxic fluids, but if you're lucky you'll survive to play Parenthood 2: The Next Batch.

-Via Dorkly


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The Self-Taught Engineer Who Gave Us Cartridge Gaming Consoles

We're taught in school that the most important inventions created by Black people are peanut butter, blood banks and the sidewalk mailbox, but the history books continue to overlook a more recent yet equally important contributor- Jerry Lawson.

Jerry was a self-taught engineer who gave us one of the greatest, and most fun, technological leaps forward in human history- the video game console.

While working as head of engineering and marketing at Fairchild Semiconductor in the mid-70s Jerry created the Fairchild Channel F gaming console, the first cartridge-based console, which was released in 1976.

The Channel F had interchangeable cartridges so players could expand their library with new games, before that gaming "consoles" were stuck playing the one game programmed directly into the hardware.

Jerry Lawson's legacy was overshadowed by big names like Atari and Coleco, but Jerry truly deserves to be seen as one of the most important Black inventors of all time for his contribution to our entertainment lovin' lives.

-Via Endgadget


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The Gross Back To The Future Parody That Spawned Rick And Morty

Rick and Morty is at once brilliant and moronic, totally brand new yet somehow really familiar, and even though the show has moved far away from creator Justin Roiland's original concept that has proven to be a good thing. So what, you may ask, was Justin's original concept?

The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti, which was meant to troll Universal Pictures and "poke fun at the idea of getting cease and desist letters", original title Back to the Future: The New Official Universal Studios Cartoon Featuring the New Doc Brown and Marty McFly. (NSFW)

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As you'd imagine the short is raunchy and very NSFW, but it also serves as a great example of how a concept, however crude, can become something great if you selectively breed that concept into a champion.

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The Stories Behind the Greatest Movie Props of All Time

There are some movie props you will never forget. In fact, some of them are the cornerstone of the film they appeared in -like Wilson from Survivor, Rosebud from Citizen Kane or the Maltese falcon from, you know, The Maltese Falcon. Thrillist recently ranked the 100 best movie props of all time and rather than just write them all down, they also included the stories behind each of the props. It's a fascinating article though you probably won't want to read every single story behind all 100 props unless you have a whole lot of time.

See the whole list here.


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The Strange Post-Fame Lives Of Famous Celebrities

Very few actors stay in the business of show for their entire lives, and even many Hollywood lifers have been known to take a year or ten off to pursue interests other than acting.

But the most interesting cases are those actors who become pop culture icons then disappear from the spotlight never to be seen on stage again.

Actors have been known to transition into a new career as a lawyer, teacher or salesperson, which make sense considering their acting skill set, but going from playing the Red Power Ranger to fighting fires makes Austin St. John a real life superhero!

And lastly there's Little Mikey, the hungry kid in the Life cereal commercials who became a legend, an urban legend that is:

See 18 WTF Post-Fame Lives Of Former Celebrities here


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The Epic Heels of Zombie Peepshow

Some women like functional flats and some prefer fancy heels, but it takes a special kind of girl to appreciate the wildly over-the-top heels made by Etsy seller Zombie Peepshow.

As you may have guessed from the name, most of the shoes in the shop have a dark twist in them like the Disney shoes up top, but there are plenty that aren't creepy, like these mermaid heels.

But if the shoes aren't horror-inspired, they instead are delightfully geeky -like this set with dinosaurs on the heels.

And like practically every seller who creates geeky stuff on Etsy, there are, of course, the obligatory and awesome Star Wars creations.

So check out the full Zombie Peepshow inventory over at Etsy.


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The Werewolf Trainer

I've heard of werewolf hunters and werewolf fetishists but I've never heard of a werewolf trainer, and that's probably because the turnaround in that job market must be brutal!

All kidding aside folks, there's a time and a place to play servant and master and that time is when your kids aren't home and that place is some dark leather dungeon kept hidden from the kiddies, preferably one with lots of soundproofing! (Comic by MikeBasilisco)

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Being Pretty

Some people spend way too much time worrying about how they look and not enough time working on being the best person they can be, and these beauty obsessed folks can't leave the house without putting their face on.

In this way their beauty obsession becomes like a mask, and when others see how pretty they look with their masks on the maskless citizens clamor for masks of their own, so they can fit in with their pretty friends.

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Being Pretty was created by animator David James Armsby of Dead Sound, who used the project to explore "themes of individualism, innocence and brainwashing" in a town called Autodale.


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John Carpenter's New Music Video For His 1983 Soundtrack To Stephen King's Christine

John Carpenter has been bringing our nightmares to life on the big screen since the 70s, but before he sat in the director's chair he sat in the recording studio and cranked out some killer tunes.

He created the iconic soundtracks for the Halloween films, Escape From New York and Big Trouble In Little China, and in his new music video John revisits the score he created for the 1983 movie adaptation of Stephen King's Christine.

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The music video for Christine was created to advertise John Carpenter's latest audio release Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, which will be released by Sacred Bones on October 20th, just in time for Halloween!

-Via io9


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A Fascinating Documentary About The Urban Legend Arcade Game POLYBIUS

Urban myths about video games have existed since the first arcade cabinets appeared in bars and pizza parlors, and as video games became a big part of our pop culture lovin' lives the myths surrounding them began to multiply.

But there's one somewhat silly myth created in the 21st century that centers around a mysterious arcade cabinet from 1981 that doesn't exist- the myth of Polybius.

The Hulu show Dimension 404 had a fun episode about it, the internet is full of people who weren't even born in the 80s speculating about its supposed origin, and yet there is no proof an arcade game called Polybius ever existed.

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This hourlong documentary by Stuart "Ahoy" Brown explores the mythical arcade game that's supposedly a government agency's recruitment tool or a device of alien origin but is actually pure science fiction.

-Via Kotaku


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These Lord of the Rings Firepits Are A Great Way to Warm Up in the Shire

We previously featured a Lord of the Rings firepit, but it was just a plain old One Ring. The incredible designs by Etsy seller Imagine Metal Art take nerdy firepits to a whole new level -adding layer upon layer of intricate design to each work of art.

The seller offers two different Lord of the Rings designs -the one above as well as this Witch King design

But there are more than just Lord of the Rings designs. Other geeky creations include designs that feature dragons and Star Wars

Check out all the rest of the designs here.

Via Geek Girls


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If Disney Movies Were Rated R

Walt Disney knew the way to rake in the big bucks was to cater to kids with all of your products, and even though Disney flicks are kept kid friendly we remember scenes from them for the rest of our lives.

Now if Disney movies received a hard R rating instead of a soft G they'd be remembered for radically different reasons, and we would have gotten to see a little too much of the Beast.

In retrospect I think I like Disney movies just the way they are, because as this comic by Paul Westover shows when Disney characters earn a hard R they lose their charm and gain a bad reputation. Why Goofy, WHY?!!!

See If Disney Moves Were Rated R at CollegeHumor (NSFW language)


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Grandma's Hero

The grandmas of the world need to be protected from all the dangerous creatures out there that like to dine on little grannies, but they can also show us a thing or two about bravery and conflict resolution.

And if she's lucky enough to have a grandchild who's a hero then gran may get to go on a grand adventure, where she can impart her wisdom to the budding hero so they can be better prepared for the journey ahead.

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Grandma's Hero is an adorable and impeccably drawn animated short from The Animation Workshop which shows us what the fantasy genre has been missing all along- grannies!


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Movie Props That Were Actually Real

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You know how realistic that horse head in The Godfather looks and how terrified the actor appears to be when he sees it in bed with him? Well, that's because the head was actually a real horse head -not a prop. The design team actually tried to make a prop horse head, but Francis Ford Coppola didn't think it looked quite real enough, so instead they bought one from a dog food factory.

Over on TopTenz, you can read about ten movie props that were actually real -including the flame thrower guitar in Mad Max, the skeletons in Poltergeist and the door Jack Nicholson chops down in The Shining.

So see the full list here


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Steam Reviews That Perfectly Describe Video Games

The Steam community is made up of passionate gamers who are always ready to try out a new game and tell the developers what they think of their creation, giving it a thumbs up or down and an honest review.

These reviews are then read by developers and the games are improved based upon feedback, which is often very thorough and detailed since Steam reviewers are generally quite knowledgeable about video games.

There are also plenty of funny and totally unhelpful reviews posted to Steam too, and even though they're of no help to the developers these reviews help us all stay sane by adding some much needed levity to our lives.

Sometimes these funny reviews actually manage to describe a game perfectly, capturing the feel of playing games like Rocket League, The Witness, Slime Rancher and ARK so we know what we're getting into before we buy the game.

See 15 Steam Reviews That Perfectly Describe A Game at Dorkly


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Adopting A Dog Can Lead To Adventure When You're A Vagabond

It doesn't take long for dogs to go from tame pet to wild beast and back again because they have the spirit of a vagabond inside them.

But when they meet a human on the streets they actually like they're happy to tag along with them for a while, which won't be much of a change for the dog but may send the human on a new adventure they never expected!

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This awesome animated short was created by a team of third year Character Animation and CG Arts students at The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark.


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KFC Now Trains Their New Employees With A Bizarre VR Game

It might seem like the people creating the advertising for KFC have lost their minds, but they're actually using well-crafted madness to create one of the most memorable ad campaigns of all time.

But the branding doesn't stop with the customers, because new employees are also treated to some fun with the Colonel when they play a bizarre VR training game that teaches them how to make fried chicken the hard way.

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I kinda want to put in an application at KFC now just so I can play this strange and stupid game!


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Massive Movie Franchises (And How To Actually Watch Them)

It can be hard for people to admit to their movie loving friends that they've never seen any of the movies in classic franchises like A Nightmare On Elm Street or Planet of the Apes because they think their friends will make fun.

So rather than dealing with any ribbing they skip these movie franchises altogether, which is a shame since these films are really fun to watch and referenced in pop culture so often it's crazy.

But what your flick lovin' friends don't know won't hurt them, so consult this guide to 6 Massive Movie Franchises (And How To Actually Watch Them) by Cracked's Daniel Dockery and see what all the fuss is about.

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For A Nightmare On Elm Street Daniel rightly suggests watching Freddy's Nightmares Episode 1 to get Freddy's backstory, then watching the first Nightmare film followed by the third film Dream Warriors.

As for Planet Of The Apes Daniel says the first installment is the only required viewing, but I love all the films and feel like Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes is eerily relevant again with all the madness in the world today.

Read more at Cracked (NSFW language)


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Nintendo Has Finally Admitted Mario Isn't A Plumber Anymore

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In the beginning we were introduced to Mario and Luigi, two Bros who were supposedly plumbers clearing the pipes of turtles, crabs and other clogs.

But then the duo became Super and started doing way more than merely clearing the pipes, and people began to wonder "is Mario really a plumber, or does he just dress like one for the sake of character?

According to Mario's updated profile posted by Nintendo the plumbing gig is up for Mario- because these days his job is doing "everything cool"-

All around sporty, whether it’s tennis or baseball, soccer or car racing, he [Mario] does everything cool. As a matter of fact, he also seems to have worked as a plumber a long time ago...

Maybe the Super Mario Bros. can find work as professional dancers?

-Via Kotaku


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A Mesmerizing Video By LAIKA Studios About Their Creative Process

If you enjoy watching stop motion films and animated features then you're probably already familiar with the incredible movies created at LAIKA Studios, and you're most likely already a fan of their films.

However, if you're an animation fan who hasn't seen Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls or any of the other amazing films created by LAIKA then get to streaming one or all of them ASAP!

But if you're still on the fence, or you're a fan who has never taken a peek behind the scenes at Laika, then feast your eyes on this incredibly cool short video entitled "The Art and Science of LAIKA Studios".

In it you'll see how LAIKA uses cutting edge technology to help unleash the creativity of their artists, and how 3D technology has saved stop motion filmmaking from the rubbish bin.

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-Via io9


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The Perfectly Bizarre World Of Gramfel

Just when you thought the deconstruction of Jim Davis' classic comic strip Garfield was complete a new and infinitely more bizarre strip comes along and makes Garfield look as square as a litter box - Gramfel.

Gramfel is a cat, Gramfel is a being with strange powers, Gramfel is a comic strip seemingly created by someone who read Garfield comics while on an extremely powerful hallucinogen.

The hallucinatory artist behind Gramfel is named John Cullen, and he has a very interesting brain that comes up with some super interesting stuff, which he still manages to make relevant for Monday haters like me.

After visiting Gramfel and Jon no a few times your brain may start to feel like it's full of hairballs- this is a normal reaction to the radical concepts and philosophies presented by Gramfel and will not do any lasting damage.

I've read over twelve Gramfel strips and after a few aspirin and a tissue for my nosebleed I feel fine! *wink*

-Via CollegeHumor


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Quirky Stories About David Lynch

I'm literally watching Twin Peaks as I write this and that's the great thing about David Lynch movies and shows is that you can watch them over and over again and catch new things every time. As it turns out, the man behind these classics is just as fascinating and the strange trivia bits featured in this Vulture article prove it. For example, did you know that he loves quinoa so much he made a surreal video about it? Or that Cameron Crow originally wanted Lynch to be the director of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but Lynch quite politely turned him down?

You can read all kinds of weird facts about Lynch here (and watch his quinoa video for yourself)


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Video Game Developers Confess Their Hidden Tricks At Last

Have you ever been in the middle of playing a video game and found yourself wondering something like "did the game just let my character live? Because I totally should have died" or "I swear I hit jump too late, and yet I didn't fall..."?

Every gamer has wondered about these odd game "quirks" at one time or another, and yet we've received very little confirmation from game developers over the years, leaving us feeling like we're nuts. Well guess what gamers- we're not crazy after all!

A designer from Opaque Space named Jennifer Schuerle tweeted out to game developers in hopes they would spill the beans about the hidden mechanics in their games, and they did not disappoint.

It's nice to know I wasn't imagining those quirks, and neat to know game developers actually enjoy going the extra mile by adding these cool mechanics so players will have even more fun playing their game.

Read Video Game Developers Confess Their Hidden Tricks At Last here


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Video Games, Am I Right?!

Gamers- you should know better than to share your "wild but true" tales of video game adventures with people who don't play video games, especially if you're a big fan of Rated M titles like GTA or Skyrim.

Because, as this comic by Robb Mirsky shows, telling a non-gamer about the sick and twisted stuff you do in the privacy of your own game world might make them look at you a little differently, and may break your poor mother's heart. *sniff* Sorry for the things I did in GTA, mom...

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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We Know Who The Last Jedi Is

Rian Johnson, the director of The Last Jedi, did an interview with the New York Times in which he revealed who the title to the new Star Wars film refers to.

It’s in the opening crawl of “The Force Awakens.” Luke Skywalker, right now, is the last Jedi. There’s always wiggle room in these movies — everything is from a certain point of view — but coming into our story, he is the actual last of the Jedi. And he’s removed himself and is alone on this island, for reasons unknown.

So the title refers to that point in time, and does not necessarily mean that Luke will remain the last, or only, Jedi in the universe. But even if he is, the saga will still go on. Uproxx has an opinion piece that posits that the survival of the Jedi order is not as important to the Star Wars saga as you might think.

The future of the Jedi may be in question, but even if the Order ends with Luke Skywalker, the Force will remain. Both Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the final season of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars set up the idea that the Jedi and the Sith are merely the most active sects of an ancient religion that predates the invention of space travel in a galaxy far, far away. Whatever deity or universe-effecting energy permeates the Star Wars universe, it doesn’t need lightsaber-wielding humanoids to keep existing. In fact, based on other quotes Johnson gave the Times in his interview, Lucasfilm is inching away from extreme Light Side/Dark Side dichotomy and towards a “gray area.”

Both articles go on to describe the psychology between the forces (pardon me) represented by Kylo and Rey, which could carry at least a couple more movies. The overarching themes here completely ignore midi-chlorians, which are best forgotten. We can just put that in the files as a theory that Qui-Gon Jinn was completely wrong about.  


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The Complete Spy Vs. Spy Cartoons From MADtv

Spy Vs. Spy turned Cold War espionage into a bloody laugh riot, with two shady fellows indistinguishable from one another doing whatever it takes to kill each other for the sake of their team.

The comic that appeared in MAD magazine was presented in black and white because MAD was printed in black and white, plus there's a black spy and a white spy so it just makes sense.

The MADtv cartoon was rendered in B&W to pay homage to the mag but also because war seems so black and white when you're invested in your home team's cause, making it easy for the spies to justify being bomb happy.

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Bits Of Wisdom From Canada's Greatest Philosopher

Due to social stigmas we don't expect to find wisdom coming out of the trailer park, and those who choose to live in the trailer parks of North America are often viewed with disdain by those who live in homes with foundations.

But one hero has risen to the top of the trailer park food chain and made a name for himself by saying subtly smart stuff, kicking the most ass and growing the best dope in Canada- Julian's best bud Ricky.

Rickyisms have made him more than just a dope peddling criminal who lives in his car, and once the internet allowed Ricky to share the smart stuff he says like a bird shares its droppings everyone wanted to get hit in the face by a fresh Rickyism.

See 16 Bits Of Wisdom From Canada's Greatest Philosopher here (NSFW language)


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New Star Wars Postage Stamps

A new set of postage stamps is coming, featuring eight non-human characters from Star Wars! However, these aren't going to be issued by the USPS -they're from the Royal Mail. So if you live in the UK, you can use them to send letters, but for Americans, they are collectible only. The stamps, designed by UK digital artist Malcom Tween, have images of Maz Kanata, Chewbacca, Snoke, a porg, BB-8, R2D2, C-2PO, and K-2SO. You can can pre-order the stamps online before they become available on October 12. -via Mashable


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