Category: Children’s Corner

Soviet Film Wednesday: Hedgehog in the Fog

Today we have another wonderful Yuri Norstein film, Hedgehog in the Fog.  Norstein is best known for this animation, as well as his Tale of Tales.  Hedgehog in the Fog was directed by Norstein, written by Sergei Kozlov, with music by Mikhail Meyerovich.  It was produced by Soyuzmultfilm in 1975. It is the story of a hedgehog and a bear cub who …

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On This Day: Hello Kitty

The evolution of Hello Kitty is an exemplary tale of a simple concept transforming into a global phenomenon. Hello Kitty, the endearing, mouthless cartoon character was created on November 1, 1974 by Yuko Shimizu and was introduced by the Japanese company, Sanrio. Originally, Hello Kitty was depicted sitting between a bottle of milk and a …

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Soviet Film Wednesday: Ivashka and Baba-Yaga

Last week we had an introduction to the Brumberg Sisters, and this week we have another great film by the duo, featuring one of the scariest characters of folklore, Baba-Yaga. While this fairy tale, and others, portray her as a child-hunting witch, there are some different renditions of Baba-Yaga. In Slavic folklore, Baba-Yaga is typically …

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Soviet Film Wednesday: Little Red Riding Hood

Meet the Brumberg Sisters, Valentina and Zinaida Brumberg, both Moscow-born artists who worked together as animators, screenwriters, and directors, creating around 50 films in total. Made in 1937, this is their spooky animation of Charles Perrault’s Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. Perrault’s version was a cautionary message to children about stranger danger. Soviet Film …

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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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From Aurora to Maleficent, Marc Davis Designed a Host of Disney’s Most Beloved Characters

Born on this day March 30, 1913, Marc Davis, one of Disney’s most influential animators and artists, holds a special place in the annals of animation history. From Aurora to Maleficent, his portfolio is a veritable who’s who of Disney’s most treasured characters. His artistic abilities and unique vision shaped the look and feel of …

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