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One strange quirk about animation is that cartoon characters more often than not only have four fingers. Mickey Mouse, Homer Simpson, SpongeBob SquarePants, Looney Tunes, the Flintstones, Tom and Jerry, the Genie in Aladdin, and so many other animated characters all have just three fingers and a thumb. It’s not immediately obvious, but once you notice it, you’ll see it everywhere. So what’s up with the four-finger design choice? The animation-centric YouTube channel ChannelFrederator digs into this animation mystery in a fascinating new 10-minute video.
It turns out there’s not one concise answer, but a whole bunch of different factors that influenced the four-finger aesthetic. For one thing, it simply makes hands easier to draw. In the era of hand-drawn animation, having one less digit on every character in every cel could potentially save animators a ton of time, which, in turn, saved companies a ton »
- Caroline Siede
There’s a mouse in the house!
Rapper T.I. and Tameka “Tiny” Harris celebrated their youngest daughter Heiress‘ first birthday over the weekend with an all-out, Disney bash.
The party – which was held at Le Bam Studio in Atlanta, Georgia – was themed Minnie Mouse Clubhouse, and featured pink and purple decorations like a mouse-ear shaped balloon arch and a completely bedazzled highchair for the guest of honor.
Heiress wore a sweet onesie and tutu designed by Lulu Bean Glam’s Sparkle Life, »
- Lindsay Kimble
Idw and Disney Comics release Donald and Mickey: The Persistence of Mickey this week, featuring a guest appearance from Salvador Dali; take a look at a preview of the special issue here…
Hello, Dali! When Walt Disney and famed abstract artist Salvador Dali teamed up in 1946, they birthed a famed cartoon featurette called Destino… that wouldn’t be seen until decades after its inception! How come? Would you believe—Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy invaded Dali’s outrageous world of art, and turned Uncle Walt’s plans even abstract-er than before! Then stick around for more action with Donald, Mickey, and the whole Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories supporting cast! Donald and evil Argus McSwine clash as demolition derby drivers in “Roadhogs,” and as super hot curry chefs in “You Vindaloo, You Lose a Few!” Then, in “Night of the Living Text,” Mickey and Goofy learn they’re »
- Amie Cranswick
A version of this article originally appeared on TravelandLeisure.com.
There’s no better time to reminisce about a great vacation than when you’re back at work trying to recuperate with a hot cup of coffee. That’s all part of the allure of the Starbucks collection of city-themed mugs. Well, that and you can pick them up in Starbucks locations around the world, from Qatar to Hong Kong to Tennessee.
The mugs — which come decorated with local flavors, sites, and monuments — have an avid fan base of collectors always looking for one more cup to add to their stockpile. »
- Travel and Leisure Staff
A look at Disney’s live-action remakes to assess whether the music of the originals is still necessary.
As Disney celebrates opening their live-action take of Beauty and the Beast to the tune of $170m domestically, they are also preparing another re-imagining. It should come as no surprise that many of their properities are making the transition to live-action and Mulan is looking like the next movie to get a fresh treatment. The only problem is that Disney is considering releasing the movie without music.
When the new director of the live-action Mulan sat down with Moviefone while promoting her new film, The Zookeeper’s Wife, she confirmed that Disney has no plans to make the new Mulan a musical. That means all the hit songs you might remember from the original animated film are gone »
- Max Covill
Image Source: Everett Collection Beauty and the Beast is one of Disney's most timeless classics, but there's a lot about the animated film that you might not have realized. For instance, do you know exactly what kind of animal the Beast was based on? Or his real name? The reboot is absolutely gorgeous and has a few interesting updates, but for now, let's revisit all of the interesting tidbits that make the 1991 film so great. Jackie Chan dubbed the voice of the Beast for Chinese-speaking countries. He provided vocals for both the Beast's speaking and singing parts! Chip originally had only one line. The producers liked 9-year-old actor Bradley Pierce's voice so much that they asked to expand the role. He also wasn't supposed to be a teacup. Early drawings of the character saw him as a music box who could only communicate by his chiming musical notes. Belle's »
- Quinn Keaney
In today’s TV News Roundup, “My Little Pony” and Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None” get premiere dates for their upcoming seasons, Hailey Baldwin and Method Man get a hosting gig on James Corden’s celebrity rap battle show, Disney Junior renews “The Lion Guard,” and more.
Thanks to Aziz Ansari‘s Instagram and Twitter, fans know to save the date for the May 12 Season 2 premiere of his Emmy-winning Netflix original series “Master of None.” Ansari created the show with Alan Yang, and the two serve as executive producers alongside Michael Schur, Dave Becky, David Miner and Igor Srubshchik. Universal Television produces. Watch a teaser for the new season of “Master of None” below:
Everyone’s favorite magical horses are back April 15 at 11:30 a/10:30c as “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” returns to Discovery Family. The premiere will consist of two back-to-back episodes, titled “Celestial Advice” and “All Bottled Up,” launching »
- Dani Levy
Get behind these lessons from the man behind the mouse.
What would Walt Disney have thought of the new live-action Beauty and the Beast? What would he have thought of the 1991 animated version? While there are so many questions we’d love to have answered about the man’s take on the modern world, it’s best to look at what we can still learn from such an iconic figure 50 years after his death.
Disney remains an inspiration for students of business in particular, but a lot of his words of wisdom originated with and still speak to the art of filmmaking and creators in general. We highlight six such tips for writers, directors, animators, and more below.
Set Your Goals Early
Disney was still just a child when he figured out what he was good at and what he wanted to do with his life. At 14, he was already in art school. At »
- Christopher Campbell
Two of Disney Junior's hit animated series have been renewed for additional seasons. Fans can now look forward to a Season 2 of Mickey and the Roadster Racers, as well as a third season of The Lion Guard. Since its January premiere, Mickey and the Roadster Racers has reached over 41 million viewers nationwide. The animated series is a madcap car-racing adventure show for preschoolers that takes Mickey Mouse, and his pals Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Daisy and Donald, along with… »
Marsden has been responsible for supervising all projects on the Sony Pictures Animation slate and recently has been overseeing every aspect of the studio’s growth. Sony Pictures Animation — which is increasing its output starting in 2017 with three theatrical features, two series, a short film and a direct-to-home feature — nearly tripled the size of its staff over the last year.
Marsden produced Sony Pictures Animation’s comedies “Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs” and its sequel “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.” She also produced Walt Disney Feature Animation’s first computer animated feature “Dinosaur” and the home entertainment feature “Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas,” featuring the first CG »
- Dave McNary
The Spears family has a date with Mickey Mouse! Jamie Lynn Spears brought her 8-year-old daughter Maddie Aldrige to Disney World on Monday, just one month after the little girl was released from the hospital following a terrifying Atv accident. Joining the mother-daughter duo in Orlando, Fla. was Maddie's aunt Britney Spears, as well as cousins Jayden James Federline, 10, Sean Preston Federline, 11, and 5-year-old Lexie. Britney and Jamie's mom Lynn Spears also attended. An insider shares with E! News that the music superstar and her fam is in town for the grand opening week of Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs. The self-proclaimed Disney fanatics posed for »
You may not recognize her walking down the street, but Russi Taylor plays one of the most famous characters in the world.
Taylor has been the voice of Minnie Mouse for more than 30 years, and that’s just a fraction of voice work she’s done in her long career. She’s played Huey, Dewey, and Louie in various Disney projects, Pebbles Flintstone in “The Flintstone Comedy Show,” Pac-Baby in the “Pac-Man” TV series, “Penny Tompkins” in “The Critic,” Baby Gonzo in “Muppet Babies,” and various characters over 17 years on “The Simpsons,” among too many others to count.
She’s currently working on Disney Television Animation’s new series “Mickey and the Roadster Racers,” which brings together all of Disney’s classic characters: Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Pluto. In “Racers,” Minnie and Daisy exemplify female empowerment as they run a business called Happy Helpers. It airs Fridays on the Disney Channel.
- Terry Flores
It’s hard to believe that King Kong has been around since 1933 but it’s pretty awesome to see how he’s evolved. It’s kind of like Mickey Mouse. People rarely think of Mickey Mouse being in black and white. When they see the modern day Mickey Mouse compared to his original counterpart they are usually surprised at the evolution. When it comes to Kong, the evolution is a bit more complicated than the changes made in Mickey Mouse. From facial changes to body changes the special effects of these movies have dictated numerous looks over the years. Some will argue that
- Nat Berman
You want a good laugh? Try following Ryan Reynolds of Twitter. TheWrap has kept tabs on him over the last 12 months to see just how funny this Sexiest Man Alive is. Our ruling — he is off the charts. Check it out. “Airplane toilets are aggressive. It wasn’t until I got back to my seat that I noticed my pants and testicles were missing.” “Went to Disneyland because my daughter’s obsessed with Mickey Mouse. She was so excited when I got home and told her.” “People in La are deathly afraid of gluten. I swear to god, you could rob a. »
- Rosemary Rossi
You could say that the notion of turning beloved stories and characters into brands was invented by Walt Disney. He built his empire on the image of Mickey Mouse (who made his debut in 1928), but Disney really patented the brand concept in 1955, with the launch of Disneyland, where kids could see old familiar characters — Mickey! Snow White! — in a completely different context, which made them new. Twenty-three years ago, the Broadway version of “Beauty and the Beast” (followed three years later by the Broadway version of “The Lion King”) introduced a different form of re-branding: the stage-musical-based-on-an-animated-feature. Now the studio is introducing a cinematic cousin to that form with the deluxe new movie version of “Beauty and the Beast,” a $160 million live-action re-imagining of the 1991 Disney animated classic. It’s a lovingly crafted movie, and in many ways a good one, but before that it’s an enraptured piece of old-is-new nostalgia. »
- Owen Gleiberman
Hadid supported Tommy Hilfiger on the first day of Paris Fashion Week, and her boyfriend was right there with her. On Tuesday, the 21-year-old model attended the launch of her spring line, TommyXGigi, her second capsule collection with the legendary designer.
Hadid looked like a glammed up girl-next-door in a light blue sweatshirt with a red hood that read "Freedom and Glory" under an American flag. She paired the hoodie with midnight blue leather pants and black moto boots, finishing off the look with a high ponytail and brown lips that were a modern take on '90s beauty.
The model then made her way to the after-party at Parisian restaurant La Perousse. She walked hand-in-hand with Malik, who was rocking his own Hilfiger gear: a red long-sleeved shirt with a mock collar, half-zipper »
Keri Russell is proud of Justin Timberlake. The Americans actress and "Can't Stop the Feeling" crooner participated in the Mickey Mouse Club together, but given their age difference, Russell always saw J.T. as a little kid. While appearing on The Tonight Show Monday, Keri admitted that her perspective hasn't changed much. During a new game of "Fallon Five," Keri told host Jimmy Fallon about her friend and fellow Mickey Mouse Club member and the texting conversation they had during Justin's Oscars performance. "'Are you watching this? He's good!'" Keri recalled her friend texting her. Fallon was taken by surprised by how captivated they were by his performance, »
Once a Mouseketeer, always a Mouseketeer.
Former Mickey Mouse Club co-stars Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling were caught having a moment and catching up at the Oscars on Sunday. First, Timberlake offered Gosling a quick pat on the shoulder while making his way through the audience to perform his Academy Award-nominated hit song, "Can't Stop the Feeling." (Watch for the blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment around 03:40.)
Later, Timberlake was photographed standing with Gosling and his sister, Mandi, appearing to put his arm around the La La Land actor for a hug at one point.
Related: 9 Things You Didn't See On-Air During The Oscars -- Cocktails, Chaos and Chefs
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Timberlake and Gosling were both in attendance as nominees on Sunday night, the former for Best Original Song and the latter for Best Actor, though both walked »
Image Source: Getty / Kevin Winter Justin Timberlake opened the Oscars with a high-energy performance of "Can't Stop the Feeling," but one of the most memorable parts of his act had to be when he had a mini-reunion with his former Mickey Mouse Club costar, Ryan Gosling. Not only did the two appear in multiple skits together on the '90s show, but they were briefly roommates when Ryan's mother had to return to Canada during their stint on the show. While the duo looked quite chatty during a commercial break, things seemed a little tense when Justin shimmied his way past the La La Land actor. So, was Ryan's resistance to dance along all an act for the cameras, or do the two secretly have some unresolved childhood beef? Well, the answer is complicated. Even though the two aren't enemies, they aren't exactly best pals either. Shortly before their run-in at the show, »
- Kelsie Gibson
When you gather Hollywood's biggest stars under one roof, there's bound to be some pretty awesome reunions. Case in point: the 2017 Oscars. While you were being mesmerized by the powerful speeches, laughable skits and jaw-dropping moments of Sunday night's show, there were quite a few reconciliations happening beyond the camera that you may have missed—some of which included members of the Mickey Mouse Club, Friends co-stars and even former lovers. Check out all the stars who reunited with someone from their past below: Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling: The former Mickey Mouse Club members—or Mouseketeers—caught up at the Oscars, »
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