Thursday, April 23, 2009

Disney Recyles Animation, I Don't Care

This video, edited together by a Swedish teenager, proves something that I've suspected for a while - Disney recycles scenes, pasting old animation sequences into new movies. This cutting of corners is also called "video referencing," and I noticed it for the first time when watching Robin Hood. The way the hen squeezed that elephant's trunk seemed very familiar. Eventually, I realized that Baloo and Little John are doing a lot of the same moves.

Apparently this kind of sampling was rampant during the 70s and 80s, and I'm sure is not something Disney engages in today. More importantly, I so do not care. Who cares if Maid Marian is doing the same dance as Snow White? It's still entertaining and magical. Also, Robin Hood (1973) is my favorite Disney movie ever, even though no one else likes it, and even though I re-watched it recently and it was SO. BORING. And has no plot. I still love it so much, and I love Robin Hood and Maid Marian and Roger Miller as the voice of the rooster, and I love the songs, and I have the songs on my iTunes, and they make me cry a little bit.

So I don't care that Robin Hood is considered the cheapest of all of Disney's animated features, and I don't care that it is the feature most riddled with video referencing. To the child me and now the grown-up me, it's perfect.

Disney's Double Takes on's YouTube Brandwatch feature (via Consumerist).


Irene Palma said...

This doesn't surprise me; hens have been squeezing elephant trunks in much the same way since the dawn of time.

Sandra Suzanne said...

Yeah, I don't care either.