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Things You Didn’t Know About Disney’s The Little Mermaid

The late 80s was a good time for the House of Mouse. For starters, Who Framed Roger Rabbit broke box office records in ’88, gained critical reception, and spurred new interest in animation. A year after that, Disney went back to its roots by releasing their first modern animated fairy tale musical, The Little Mermaid. Here are some things you probably don’t know behind this Disney classic:

The Bubbles Were Outsourced to China

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The Little Mermaid required a lot of effects animation because a large part of the film is set underwater, and the studio didn’t want to skimp on the underwater effects. However, they were still recovering from years of neglect and underperforming projects so they weren’t capable of handling the massive amount of work that the film required. As a solution, Disney outsourced the animation of the bubbles to Chinese animation studio Pacific Rim Productions, which allowed Disney’s effects animators to work on more complicated effects.

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #14: George of the Jungle

George of the Jungle is what we like to call a “guilty pleasure” in the realm of cartoon theme songs. The drum beat is purely hypnotic. “Boom-boom, boom-boom-ba-doom.” In the opening theme, George is shown swinging on vines, repeatedly running into trees, face-first, as he is warned by the singers of the theme song to “watch out for that tree!” George lives in a tree house and sometimes forget that he is up in the trees, and falls to the ground. If it wasn’t for the site gags in this cartoon, it would not be nearly as enjoyable.

Review: Disney’s Tangled on Blu-ray and DVD

Review: Disney's Tangled on Blu-ray and DVD

Tangled has the weight of Cinderella’s castle on it’s shoulders, as the film has the honor, and pressure, of being the 50th animated feature in Disney’s classic line. From Snow White to Bambi, Lion King to Princess and the Frog, the entire long line leads squarely to this modern day look at the Rapunzel fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm. After 5 years of development, a Pixar-less shot at CG animation for Disney, a bulk of over 70 feet of magical hair, and billed as Disney’s “final” fairytale, the film had a major amount of responsibility to uphold the classic name, both in theaters, and the four-disc Blu-ray and DVD combo pack on March 29, 2011. So? How’d it do?

Review: Disney’s Tangled on Blu-ray and DVD

Review: Disney's Tangled on Blu-ray and DVD

Tangled has the weight of Cinderella’s castle on it’s shoulders, as the film has the honor, and pressure, of being the 50th animated feature in Disney’s classic line. From Snow White to Bambi, Lion King to Princess and the Frog, the entire long line leads squarely to this modern day look at the Rapunzel fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm. After 5 years of development, a Pixar-less shot at CG animation for Disney, a bulk of over 70 feet of magical hair, and billed as Disney’s “final” fairytale, the film had a major amount of responsibility to uphold the classic name, both in theaters, and the four-disc Blu-ray and DVD combo pack on March 29, 2011. So? How’d it do?

Tangled shows how Mother Gothel knows best

Tangled shows how Mother Gothel knows best

Mother Gothel is a modern day Ursula. Or Scar. Or Maleficent. Summing it up, she’s the baddest of the bad types in the world of Disney villains. In Tangled, it’s Mother Gothel who locks Rapunzel in a tower, tricking her into thinking it’s for protection. The modern day take on the Grimm Brothers classic fairy tale clearly took a few liberties in the retelling, but were Mother Gothel’s intentions 100% wrong? Maybe she really did just want to help Rapunzel? Let us know what you think while you’re touring through the coloring sheets, recipes, and other fun games we’ve included in anticipation of the Blu-ray and DVD launch this week, March 29th.

Disney’s The Princess and the Frog Review

Disney's The Princess and the Frog Review

The latest and greatest animated film to the Disney collection has just recently been released on Blu-ray and DVD March 16th, as we can welcome Tiana and her lovable tale The Princess and the Frog to our homes. The film marks Disney’s triumphant return to the realm of traditional animation, it’s first in the field since Home on the Range in 2004. Once Toy Story hit theaters in 1995, so many animated projects have drifted towards the computerized CG world that Pixar, and later DreamWorks and Sony amongst others, made so popular. Returning to it’s roots, and taking cues from Snow White, the movie that started it all, the House of Mouse has a true gem with The Princess and the Frog! But the tale can’t be all that easy, can it…?

The 20 Scariest Cartoon Characters

The 20 Scariest Cartoon Characters

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The Halloween spirit is in the air! No, I mean it literally! Look, there’s ghosts floating all around! But that’s OK, there just here to see ToonBarn’s awesome Halloween-themed list, the 20 Scariest Cartoon Characters of all time. There are tons of creepy and spooky villains, even frightening monsters or demons that we’re ever so thankful are animated. Or, in some cases, re-animated! We have narrowed the list down to the 20 absolute scariest — a list which starts off light, but gets more and more evil with every click. So go ahead and get started with the top 20 list! Trick’or’treat your way through, and then let us know what you think, or if we missed any of your choices!

Scariest Cartoon Characters #15: Ursula

Top 20 Scariest Cartoon Characters Number 15 Ursula

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The Little Mermaid’s life sure would be nice and sweet if it wasn’t for Ursula, the dreaded Sea Witch, and scariest cartoon character #15! Her pale blue form sits atop jet black, devilish octopus legs that slither her about. At one time, she lived in the royal palace of King Triton, the king of Atlantica. But once the kingdom learned of her evil ways, she was banished and made her home in the remains of a leviathan, where she plots her revenge. With every passing day, she becomes a scarier, more powerful force.

As a sorceress, Ursula is able to conjure dark magic, making individuals do her bidding. She tricks various merfolk into impossible deals, and if they can’t live up to their end of the bargain, and they never can, she takes over control of their very souls. Talk about evil! Scarier still, once she is able to take Triton’s power from him, she grows into a monstrous beast, able to command the ocean and wish death upon all who fight her. No wonder she’s on this list! Check out the video of this selection

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