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USA 2016 – 04 Disneyland Park – Mickey’s Toontown (2016-07-13) My Life | Travel Attractions 23 NOV 2017

So having now ambled through Main Street U.S.A. and then wandered about the whimsical Fantasyland, I continued my Disneyland day by stepping through under a bridge and dropping straight into a place right out of Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Mickey’s Toontown is another of Disneyland’s themed lands and based on a 1930s cartoon aesthetic, this one is very much a small scale recreation of the Mickey Mouse universe.

All the main Mickey Mouse characters (like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck) have their houses situated in this colourful and very quirky little town setting, and as you might imagine (being specifically aimed at the smaller visitors to the park), character interactions and meet and greets are very much the norm here.

Everything is themed, so if you want a bite to eat, grab a pizza from Daisy’s Diner, or maybe some hotdogs from Pluto’s Dog House, perhaps finishing it all off with some ice cream from Clarabelle Cow’s.

There are loads of goofy props littered about to match the look and feel of the crazy little place, and the few rides dotted about this land very much follow this aesthetic.

(For reference, the two rides available in this small section of the park is Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin and Gadget’s Go Coaster.)

It’s a lot of silly fun and popular with the little kids, but that said, I did rather enjoy my little spin on the crazy Roger Rabbit ride! ;)

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Next up: the slightly more adult themed Frontierland, and with it, a ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!

Related Link: Disneyland Park | Wikipedia

Why do Classic Cartoon Characters wear white gloves? Animation | Science, Technology & Curiosity 02 FEB 2017

I’m familiar with the concept of a cartoon hand in animation being drawn with four fingers only (image simplification, cartoon proportions, etc), but I’ve never really pondered as to why so many of the classic cartoon characters (like say Mickey Mouse and Goofy from the Disney stable for example) wore white gloves.

Luckily for us then, the Vox team went in and took a closer look at the possible reasons as to why:

In summary (just in case you can’t view the video, you know, thanks to work restrictions or something like that):

1) Image simplification to save time and thus money. (Less details, curves instead of angles, etc.)
2) To contrast black hands against a black body in the age of early black and white animation.
3) Humanizing an anthropomorphic creature by giving them more human-like hands.
4) Vaudeville and blackface minstrels style that was originally associated with the art of early animation performances.

So a good number of plausible, possible and quite interesting reasons then!

Related Link: YouTube | Vox

Mickey Mouse pwns Wolverine Comic Books | General Nonsense 01 SEP 2009

Captain AmericaOh noes true believers! The worst of the worse has come true, the scenario that we have all for so long dreaded… the House of Mouse does indeed now own the Mighty Marvel Machine!

It was announced yesterday that Walt Disney Co. has agreed to buy Marvel Entertainment Inc. for a stock and cash deal valued at 4 billion dollars. Of course, this means that in addition to its already huge cadre of existing franchises that includes the likes of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck amongst others, Disney now has in its grubby licensing-mad paws the full complement of heroes and villains that we’ve all come to love and admire over the years, people and groups like Spider-man, Iron Man, X-Men, Thor, Fantastic Four and Captain America just to name a few.

Of course, for Disney this is the perfect opportunity to expand its currently burgeoning empire thanks in particular to Marvel’s current successful run of full-length cinematic feature films, and who knows, pretty soon they may just start infusing the two universes’ characters together, much like the Kingdom Hearts experiment they ran a couple of years ago in conjunction with Square Enix.

Anyway, the tall and the short of it remains. Mickey Mouse now pwns Wolverine’s ass! :(