Category: Children’s Corner

The Captivating Illustrations of Károly Reich

Born on this day August 8, 1922, in the Hungarian village of Balatonszemes, Károly Reich’s artistic journey was as rich and diverse as his illustrations, encompassing a range of styles from folk art to modernism. His deft use of color and form, coupled with his unique ability to capture the essence of his subjects, made his …

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The Magical Artistry of Rien Poortvliet

Born on this day, August 7, 1932, in Schiedam, Netherlands, Rien Poortvliet, a name that resonates with a remarkable flair of creativity and an unparalleled sense of artistic expression. Known for his profound ability to breathe life into the canvas, Poortvliet was a Dutch draughtsman and painter, who carved a unique niche for himself in the …

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Celebrating the Magic: Disneyland’s ‘It’s a Small World’ Turns 57

For over five decades, the enchanting “It’s a Small World” ride at Disneyland has captured the hearts and imagination of millions of visitors, both young and old alike. The captivating attraction, which first opened its doors in Disneyland on May 28, 1966, is a true testament to Disney’s magical and timeless storytelling. As the ride celebrates …

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When Did The Tiki Room Open at Disneyland?

The Enchanted Tiki Room, a beloved and iconic attraction at Disneyland, first opened its doors to the public on June 23, 1963. This groundbreaking and innovative show, located in the heart of Adventureland, was the first of its kind to feature Audio-Animatronics technology, setting a new standard for themed entertainment. Walt Disney’s vision for the …

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Exploring the History and Design of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which opened its doors to the public on April 22, 1998, is a unique theme park that combines the magic of Disney with the wonder of nature. From its early planning stages to its grand opening, this park has been a labor of love for the Imagineers who designed it. Join us …

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Soviet Film Wednesday: Fox and Rabbit

The 1973 animation Fox and Rabbit (Лиса и заяц) was Yuri Norstein’s debut as an exclusive director. In keeping with Norstein’s most beloved animation techniques, it is made with wonderful cut-outs and has that signature Norstein earthy feel, brimming with folksy forest animals and seasonal motifs. Based on a Russian folk tale, it is the …

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Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning

“There it is, Wendy! Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.” Peter Pan Today is the birthday of the Disney classic, Peter Pan, released February 5th, 1953. The movie was based on the work Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up by J. M. Barrie. Barrie’s Peter Pan was first released …

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Snow White Makes Its NYC Premiere in 1938

On January 13, 1938, Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs made its New York City premiere at the Radio City Music Hall. The following day, The New York Times reported: “Sheer fantasy, delightful, gay and altogether captivating, touched the screen yesterday when Walt Disney’s long-awaited feature-length cartoon of the Grimm fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, …

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“Animals” by Clement Hurd

American artist and illustrator Clement Hurd was born on this day January 12, 1908 in New York City. He is well known for his children’s book illustrations, particularly his work with writer Margaret Wise Brown on Goodnight Moon (1947) and The Runaway Bunny (1942).

Hayao Miyazaki Brought Manga to the Masses

One-of-a-kind animator, artist, and masterful storyteller, Hayao Miyazaki brought delightful “manga” (Japanese comic books) and “anime” (Japanese animation) films to venerating audiences via Studio Ghibli, which Miyazaki co-founded with director Isao Takahata in 1985. Some of the first Studio Ghibli films made were Castle in the Sky (1986), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), and Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989), receiving recognition and …

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