Friday, August 06, 2010

Walt In The Tabloids

Here it is in this week's Globe magazine.
I'm sure it's all made up but it would explain a lot if true.

22 comments:

Roberto Severino said...

I just realized that this tabloid was actually written recently. For all this time, I was under the impression that this had been written decades ago. Silly me, but yeah, that article is very unconvincing and just plain ridiculous, except for the part about film director George Cukor being gay, which I had never known before. I looked that part up, and it happened to be true.

As for the Hiwatha cartoon, I enjoyed it mostly for the fluid motion and color styling, rather than the entertainment aspect of it. Seemed kinda lengthy though. They could have shortened it by three minutes.

RooniMan said...

It must be a joke, but then again, if it was actually true, it would explain ALOT.

coolhand said...

could you please do a post on disney feature films as like a history of them and your analysis of each film and when disney shit the bed if you find the time. i think that it would be interesting to hear what you have to say

Scrawnypumpkinseed said...

Meh. Tabloids, you get what you pay for; shocking nonsense.

I wouldn't be surprised to see articles asking other questions like: Is Sarah Jessica Parker really a horse? It's just random speculation people drool at the mouth for.

EalaDubh said...

Even if the article is all baloney, there is the matter of a massive and very, very obvious butt-fetish nakedly (so to speak) on display throughout the 'classic' phase of Walt's visual career.

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

I seriously doubt this. Why did the authors wait til Fess Parker and Jane Wyman were dead to reveal what they were supposed to have said about Disney? It sounds fishy.

As to Disney dropping Bobby Driskol (spelled right?) when he got older...is that suprising? Only a small number of child actors still had appeal in their young adult years.

Sean Lally said...

This post makes me feel kinda weird inside haha.

Nothing to do with the post, and I feel kind of rude asking but, John, I made up my own characters and i would really like it if you looked at them and would comment on them and tell me if theres anything wrong with them. I need criticism from somebody other than my mom haha! Thanks!

http://seanlallysblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/blog-post.html

top cat james said...

Can't wait for more animation-related tabloid features-

"Bob Clampett's Toupee Secret Agent For CIA"

"Joe Barbara's Shocking Deathbed Confession: 'Snagglepuss and I Shared Clandestine Love Nest'"

"Walter Lantz' Double Life As 'Soul Train' Dancer"

Fata Morgana said...

Ugh, Mr. K, have you SEEN THIS?!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK8QNsW9Z5k

My stomach turned watching that. The people responsible should be punished severely. I recommend forcing them to watch it.

dukakidd said...

that is a terrible thing to say about walt. but i thot u mentioned him being a "strange man" or something once. i got a copy of that preston blair book like u said to, but i havent used it as much as i shood. sometimes i think i learn more when u write about wats bad as oppose to wats good. btw, have u heard about beavis and buttheads return? (for real this time). i never noticed it until u wrote about it, but they really are specific characters. character comedy is great and i never really thot about it until u wrote about it

Jeff Read said...

Are those bunnies loading up sugar for Walt's tank?

kurtwil said...

All the books I've read about Walt didn't say whether he was straight or gay, so wrt the Globe tabloid (paraphrasing F.Zappa), who could imagine ????

However, many animators and FX artists have told me (at one time) much of the big-D, and most animation studios, were partially or in some cases entirely gay. If true, so what? Whatever their personal preferences are, those people are highly talented and devoted artists.

Also, Walt did like derrieres. One book reported Walt suggested a live action Maid Marian costume that would emphasize the hips. Also, most animated Disney heroines have amply equipped backsides, especially Princess Aurora (don't believe me? Look up her model sheet and see!).

Kurly Kels said...

Does not seem too far fetched to me...why is it that people idolize folks so much that they can't conceive of them being just a queer (no pun intended) or quirky as the next person?? I say, it explains a lot if that is true, and it very well could be..

bergsten said...

I'd look at this from a different perspective:

Are highly creative, intelligent people "bored" by normalcy?

In other words, does such behavior just "come along with the package"?

And if so, what does this say about the rest of us?

(good questions, but of course, this thread is old and nobody will even see them)

talkingtj said...

this is cowardly yellow journalism at its worst. iam no longer a fan of disney, the man, for a number of reasons,but possibly being gay is not one of them! ever since the media became politically correct it became common to take a deceased media figure and suddenly distort their history, both personally and professionally. i cant tell you how many times i have heard about shakespeare being gay, does it matter? people say this when the person in question cant defend themselves.if disney did indeed bat for the other team of what consequence did it have on the work? is it the point of the piece to prove just how clueless audiences where during the fifties that they couldnt tell someones sexual orientation when the clues were so obcvious? is that the point? this is meaningless, and iam afraid we've all wasted enough time on it!

Yowp said...

John, you've worked with gay people in animation I'm sure. I'll bet they like Tex Avery and Bob Clampett cartoons and not the sappy drool of happy kiddie animals you posted. OK, maybe they'd go for the rainbow.

Besides, "insiders" know Disney was not only straight but had a torrid affair with La Verne Harding before Don Patterson told her he was only using her to get back at Walter Lantz.

Yowp

Robert said...

Those examples aren't very representative of "gay" so Disney being gay wouldn't explain them.

If Disney had done "Jonny Quest" I'd say you were on to something. But "Little Hiawatha" is representative of someone trying to over-mine "cute".

I still love the quivering little rabbit though.

J C Roberts said...

It's not the most far fetched thing I've ever seen in one of thoses papers (there's a reason the movie "Men In Black" used them as a joke). As far as the "that would explain a lot" aspect, does there always need to be such a reason for an adult to be involved with cartoons? If you go with what most people write cartoons off as being, I'm suprised we haven't seen more articles about this or that famous cartoon director as being "secretly a child". Since most people tend to equate cartoons with kids.

You could get plenty of quotes from people who worked with them in their heyday. "I remember how he would disappear from the studio in the middle of the day, and we'd find him on the backlot pulling his little red wagon around or playing with blocks." I've had my share of times when I couldn't convince someone cartoons weren't strictly "kid's stuff".

I can see why they'd go the other way with Disney, though. There may have been a bit more fruit on that tree than over at Warner's, with a bunch of ol' farm boys doing plenty of chicken coop gags.

TheGhoul said...

pure rubbish,If tabloids can clam Disney mite be gay for showing kid cartoons than they can claim johns gay for making to Ren and Stimpy gay.
Plain and simple we all know who runs Hollywood, the jews.

Chris E. said...

Ugh! Supermarket tabloids. The leeches that write this slop are even lower than journalists. Being famous can be a burden because even in death, they'll drag your good name through the mud.

As for the cartoons, wasn't MGM doing this sort of thing back in the day, too? Even Merry Melodies had stuff like this.

lucia said...

Ok, so... 1. If Disney was gay, no big deal. 2. If Disney was gay, it doesn't mean he was also a pedophile. 3. Disney being gay wouldn't necessarily explain all the happy colorfull stuff. I think that's just a stereotype people have thought out for gay men.

I liked Hiawatha.:( And I think his pants keep falling because he's too young to be trying to hunt.

Waqas Malik said...

...well you did say that cartoonists need a fascination with butts/butt jokes XD but how many times does his pants fall down?? it's excessive XDD