Mickey's eyes have pupils now.
New Mickey looks concerned when Donald hurts himself. Old Mickey just smiles.
I love how they wrangled up all the orphans and brought them to the Asbestos Theatre in the old version.
cross your eyes so the images overlap and get ready to watch two realities battle for dominance
Walt's anti-Union megalomania was so great by the time of the remake that he did this so posterity would look back at what he felt was his best Mickey Mouse cartoon and NOT have Art Babbitt's name in the credits.
A testiment to Walt's midwestern sensibility that his favorite episode was also the most boring...
I am the forum's resident non-anime animation nerd, obviously:
Disney's employee stratification system was basically a system of patronage and rewards of fealty to Walt himself. Those who remained "loyal" were rewarded with access to a private lunchroom and choice of assistants, as well as more freedom to dink around on Walt's dollar.
The remake of "Orphan's Benefit" coincided with the strike, wherein scab labor from various other studios was hustled in and various projects were hamfistedly wedged into production to prove the point that the studio was going to continue production with or without Babbitt and his union supporters. This cartoon involved literally TRACING a previous cartoon, just to keep the scab labor occupied.
Eventually, Walt had a very well suppressed nervous breakdown during the strike, during which time he actually hired one of Capone's ex-goons to muscle the ringleaders and threaten them to come back to work. The cartoonists were driven out to the desert and threatened at gunpoint to end the strike. When they got back, they decided that it was just bluff, and kept striking. Walt snapped and Roy had him shipped off to South America to publicize the Three Caballeros pictures, during which time Roy solved the damn strike in less than 48 hours.
When he returned, Walt was a crushed man who moped around for a decade, hanging out with Ronald Reagan and finally he started planning Disneyland, at which point he mentally checked out of the animation business altogether. This is why Disneyland is as Freudian as it is.
That's not even going in to Walt's crazy revenge schemes that sprang up during the McCarthy witch hunts. The guy basically threw some of the main instigators of the original strike to the wolves by sicking McCarthy and his goons on them.
That reminds me: I have to check to see if anyone's uploaded that documentary about all this before...
Youse mugs are gonna draw da duck and da mouse for Disney, see! Or else I'm gonna plug ya! Nyahh!
Oh man, the McCarthy moments were pretty classic. He was one of the most deeply evil men in history, AND YET I don't think of him as a villain. The similarities in personal life between Adolf Hitler and Walt Disney are quite remarkable: World War I vets who fancied themselves "artists" yet required other, more talented people to do their work for them, both of them deeply autocratic and increasingly grandiose as the years went by.
Wow, old Donald is tiny
I like the old designs better. But this is not a particularly good cartoon either way.
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