Inside the Fantastic World of Disney's Most Famous Art Director

Walt Disney, for all his vision, was not an artist at heart; he was smart enough to surround himself with talented people. The look that we associate with Disney art came largely from one woman he hired: Mary Blair, the designer and illustrator behind animated films like Alice in Wonderland and the ride it's a small… » 9/04/14 6:23pm 9/04/14 6:23pm

How Disney Upgrades The Haunted Mansion to Scare New Generations of Fans

The manifesting and disappearing ghosts in the grand ballroom of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion aren't holograms or digital projections. They're based on Pepper's Ghost, a nineteenth century technique that, until the Haunted Mansion was constructed, had never been used on such a grand scale. » 9/04/14 11:20am 9/04/14 11:20am

Disney Can Turn Any 3D-Printed Object Into a Perfectly Spinning Top

Believe it or not, Disney has a team of researchers at its disposal that do more than just make that robot Lincoln seem more lifelike. The team's latest research involves a custom algorithm it created that can turn any 3D model, even one that's oddly-shaped and asymmetrical, into a perfectly-balanced spinning top by… » 8/08/14 5:11pm 8/08/14 5:11pm

Lemmings don't commit mass suicide, Disney pushed them off a cliff

Lemmings have gotten a bum rap as being panicky rodents prone to throwing themselves from cliffs during their annual migration. But it turns out that the "documentary" that first promulgated this lie was more snuff fantasy than scientific fact. You don't normally expect that from a Disney production. » 8/06/14 5:16pm 8/06/14 5:16pm

Impossibly Adorable Glassware Inspired by Winnie the Pooh's Antics

Science hasn't gotten around to officially proving it just yet, but everyone knows it's all but impossible to hate Winnie the Pooh. Even though the yellow bear's admitted to stealing honey, harassing rabbits, promoting obesity, and other antics—that the designers at Nendo have captured in this adorable glassware… » 7/15/14 12:20pm 7/15/14 12:20pm

Here's a wonderful new animation from a Disney animation legend

Even though I love today's 3D animation movies made with CG, there's something about seeing old fashioned hand-drawn animation that makes me feel like I'm peering into another world of breathtakingly fluid characters dancing on paper. Former Disney animator Glen Keane was a master at such animation and is responsible… » 6/27/14 7:46pm 6/27/14 7:46pm

An Incredibly Rare Glimpse of How Disneyland Was Supposed to Look

The Disneyland of today is one of the most well-known places in the world. But in 1953, it was just sketches on paper, the pipe dream of two brothers named Roy and Walt Disney. In an incredible exclusive today, Boing Boing published the pitch document for the project—which is so rare, even Disney doesn't have it. » 5/20/14 9:19am 5/20/14 9:19am