Saturday, July 17, 2010

Happy Birthday Disneyland

Happy 55th Birthday to Disneyland.

I like to think this is what Walt saw as he toured the park in the morning, empty, quiet, and ready to create magic.

“To all who come to this happy place; welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past...and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America...with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”

"Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world."

- Walt Disney

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Day 7: Favorite Sidekick.

I'm veering away from animated films for today's post. It was Tennessee Steinmetz that an unfortuate Jim Douglas turned to after losing his last race. Tennessee, an enlightened artist who utilized car parts for his medium of choice, spent time with Buddhist monks, which explains why he recognizes Herbie as an individual.

"We take machines and we stuff 'em with information until they're smarter than we are. Take a car. Most guys spread more love and time and money on their car in a week than they do on their wife and kids in a year. Pretty soon, you know what? The machine starts to think it *is* somebody. "

Buddy Hackett's portrayal of Tennessee was a great combination of true friend, spiritualist, offbeat artist, and goofy guy along for the ride just hits all of the right notes for me. Of course, Hackett went on to portray another know-it-all sidekick.