Is Disney Becoming too Politically Correct?

It is interesting to me that by even asking that question, I may not be Politically Correct! To wonder if anyone has taken this non-offense initiative too far is to invite criticism. So when is being Politically Correct really too much?

The simple answer is: When it ignores history.

Take Song of the South for instance. This film is likely never to be re-released any time soon. It is apparently thought that it would spark more controversy over the racial problems of the past, and perhaps inflame some of the prejudices that still exist today. But I wonder if burying such a movie will make such controversy disappear? It’s unlikely.

    

The fact is that this film was made. It was released. It had an impact. And so I believe it should have a place in today’s society.

Take also the portrayal of smoking in Disney films. Now, I agree that we don’t need our children to see their favorite Disney character puffing away on a Virginia Slim. Can we imagine Ariel lighting up while relaxing on a rock after a hard day’s swim? Mickey pulling out a pipe on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and then breaking into a song all about the joys of smoking? Neither scenario is appealing!

Pinocchio enjoys (?) a cigar

But neither is denying that Disney characters have always been depicted as smokers if the story and situation called for it. Like Pinocchio when he was making an ass of himself:

 

Or Cruela de Ville with her iconic long cigarette holder. And we have to remember that Walt Disney himself was unapologetic about his own chain-smoking (although he did keep it off-camera.)

There was a series of TV commercials depicting Disney characters having bad experiences with smoking, like the aforementioned Pinocchio. The overlaying narration suggested that smoking was bad, so that is a good use of this old footage. But should this old footage be changed, perhaps edited out of the Classic films altogether? The answer appears to be ‘yes, as Disney is going through its Classic catalogue and removing such offending footage!

In conclusion, we might ask: Should the PC movement have the power to, not only ignore, but to change history? Maybe that should be the true controversy!

Disney Jokes Created for the Love of Punny

My wife and I love joking around, and often come up with awful puns and plays on words to make each other groan! Over the years, we’ve created many Disney-themed jokes.

Would you like to hear them?

W A R N I N G

These jokes may cause snorts, chortles, guffaws, and sudden bursts of laughter. And… groans. Read at your own risk

Who is Bambi’s religious friend?

BIBLE THUMPER

What would you call Nemo’s Baseball Tournament?

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

What did Penny use to get rescued?

COMMON CENTS

What color of blush do Oriental Princesses wear?

MULAN ROUGE

In what room of the house would Peter Pan be most at home?

THE KITCHEN

What did Winnie the Pooh create when he dropped the Beehive?

100 ACHERS

What is Mushu’s favorite flower?

SNAP DRAGON

What would Donald Duck’s nephews be called if they were Demolition Experts?

HUEY, DEWEY, AND KA-BLOUIE

What hair-care product does Wheezy from Toy Story endorse?

NICE ‘N WHEEZY

What does Rapunzel use to keep her doors closed?

GOLDEN LOCKS

What would Mr. Potato Head be if he drank too much?

A SMASHED POTATO

What kind of a doctor would Donald Duck be if he went into medicine?

A QUACK

What would Pluto create if he dug at night?

A BLACK HOLE

What would Peter Pans friends be if they fell into the sea?

LOST BUOYS

Which Disney Princess had the best wedding?

ARIEL. SHE HAD THE BEST RECEPTION

How did Ray feel when he couldn’t get his butt to shine?

DE-LIGHTED

This concludes our test of your sense of humor. If you laughed… you haven’t got one!

Wordless Wednesday – Character Movie Stars

Starting with the original Face Character Star -- Snow White!

Starting with the original Face Character Star — Snow White!

By Mike Ellis.  Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop post! Like last week, today I’m filling in for Deb as she enjoys her time off and visits Walt Disney World!

This week we are taking a look Character Movie Stars — and there are a ton to choose from, so you almost can’t go wrong with your selections! Take a look at some of the ones I’ve run across in my days, and share with us your choices also!

Gotta Love Belle! Such a classic star!

Gotta Love Belle! Such a classic star!

Cinderella with Stephanie and Sophie, such a great picture!

Cinderella with Stephanie and Sophie, such a great picture!

Mickey & Minnie taking a 40th Birthday Stroll!

Mickey & Minnie taking a 40th Birthday Stroll!

I've only shared this about a million times -- Sophie and Princess Jasmine!

I’ve only shared this about a million times — Sophie and Princess Jasmine!

Pocahontas with Sophie at Rafiki's Planet Watch!

Pocahontas with Sophie at Rafiki’s Planet Watch!

Pinocchio and Geppetto greeting Sophie!

Pinocchio and Geppetto greeting Sophie!

The Goofy Statue with Sophie!

The Goofy Statue with Sophie!

Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar with Sophie!

Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar with Sophie!

This last picture you might think is a bit of a stretch, but Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar have been in Disney shorts together.  Check them out in the Disney Cartoon “The Band Concert”!

Thank you for stopping by! Hopefully our link issues this week will not hinder us, but at the least, you can check out Deb’s post! Just click on the button, and thanks!

Focused on the Magic


36 Days til Disneyland – “it’s a small world”!

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

It’s a small world, after all!  It’s a small world, after all! It’s a small world, after all! It’s a small, small world!

With that line, “it’s a small world” proclaims itself to the world with the most catchy — or annoying, depending on your point of view — song in all of Disney!  We are down to 36 Days til Disneyland, and today we are looking at “it’s a small world”!

The song may be the same, and the basic ride premise is certainly the same, but there are also some very distinct differences between the ride at Disneyland and the ride at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World!

For starters, the Disneyland version of the ride loads outside — not under a covered loading area.  I’m guessing that a lot of these are okay because Southern California doesn’t get a lot of rain?  So you don’t get rained on very often?  I’m just guessing, maybe you can let me know for certain why this is if you know.

In addition, with the renovation in 2009, you will also find your favorite Disney characters displayed throughout the ride in sections that depict where they are from!  For example, you can see Pinocchio in Italy, Cinderella in France, and so on!

“it’s a small world” is a Disney classic attraction for us, and I fully expect that we will be riding it multiple times on our trip!  Let me know what you think about it, and for a little send off, here is the video of the ride for you to sing along to — if you dare!