Category: Children’s Corner

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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Soviet Film Wednesday: Russian Sugar Ad

Here’s a little treat for this Wednesday: a jam ad created for Russian Sugar directed by Yuri Norstein. It was one of a group of Russian Sugar commercials made by Norstein between 1994 and 1995 that used cutouts and drawings for the animations (a bit past the Soviet era but still delightful and created by …

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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: The Little Mermaid

This wonderfully illustrated 1968 Russian animation is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. It begins with a Copenhagen tour guide’s introduction to Andersen’s story, and unfolds to show us the rest of the story, which is not quite the same as the Disney version. As is often the case with re-imagined fairy tales, the older tale …

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Soviet Film Wednesday: The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas (1951) was directed by the prolific Soviet animation duo of Valentina Brumberg and Zinaida Brumberg, who were also known as the “Brumberg sisters” as well as the “grandmothers of Russian animation.” Some of their most well known films are Little Red Riding Hood and Ivashka and Baba-Yaga. Not your typical Christmas story, it begins …

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Beating to a Different Drum: The Lasting Appeal of ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ by Rankin/Bass

First airing on December 19, 1968, The Little Drummer Boy, an animated television special produced by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass, has long been a staple in holiday television programming. Its timeless appeal transcends generations, making it a beloved classic that continues to captivate audiences worldwide even after more than half a century since its initial …

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