Disney Channel Asia's been running a bunch of movies I'd actually want to see, like Lilo and Stitch, Monsters Inc, The Lion King, and (later tonight) Dumbo. Naturally, they're running that last one opposite a lovely history of Britain on BBC World; it's a tough choice. But after what seems like months of Pocahontas II: Meeko Is Better Than King James I and similar direct-to-nothing sequels it's fun to want to see something.
It's surprisingly easy to forget that Disney has done a lot of fantastic animation, in shorts and in movies. Furries tend to forget the shorts entirely, lost to the crushing presence of Chuck Jones, and the movies tend to be forgotten except for centaurs in Fantasia, Maid Marion in Robin Hood, and Nala in The Lion King. There's a lot more to them than just that, even if Disney seems determined to bury all warm memories under a ransom-based economic model: ``Buy 150 million dollars of Brother Bear merchandise or we'll complete making Bambi 2.''
Watching The Lion King tonight I realize I'd forgotten how naturally the story does flow together, and how lovely every scene is to look at. It also made me wonder how many Disney movies would implode if only the head villain actually killed his rival's son himself instead of trusting it to incompetent sidekicks who figure it's just as good to scare him off. (Correct answer: All of them except Dumbo and Bambi.)
Trivia: The Skylab 1 (Saturn V) Launch Umbilical Tower was struck by lightning on 9 May 1973, five days before launch. Source: Skylab: A Chronology, Courtney G. Brooks, Ivan D. Ertel, and Roland W. Newkirk. SP-4011.
Currently Reading: The Beast That Shouted Love At The Heart Of The World, Harlan Ellison.