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

Watch a Parade of Trains Celebrate L.A. Union Station's 1939 Opening

Built shortly before the dawn of the Jet Age, L.A.'s Union Station has been called the Last Great American Railway Station—one final monument to rail transportation's heyday. Judging by a newly digitized color film, the city celebrated its grand opening on May 3, 1939, with appropriate fanfare. » 4/22/14 1:21pm 4/22/14 1:21pm

Celebration, Florida: The Utopian Town That America Just Couldn't Trust

It's been exactly two decades since Celebration, Florida, broke ground in 1994, a major anniversary for a community that enjoyed a massive amount of media attention when it emerged. Yet we don't hear much about Disney's foray into real estate lately, apart from the odd fire. » 4/20/14 3:00pm 4/20/14 3:00pm

Flash Boys Author Michael Lewis's Old Predictions For the Future

Author Michael Lewis is best known for uncovering hidden corners of our present, whether in baseball (Moneyball), the financial collapse (The Big Short), or high frequency trading (this month's Flash Boys). But in the September 26th, 1996 issue of the New York Times Magazine, Lewis took a swing at predicting the… » 4/08/14 4:39pm 4/08/14 4:39pm

A Collection Of Nine Flipbooks Celebrating Disney's Greatest Animators

Before Walt Disney came along, animation was seen as just for kids. But through the release of a series of now iconic animated films, he was able to turn 'cartoons' into a serious art form, paving the way for blockbusters like The Lion King and Frozen. However, he couldn't have done it without the help of nine… » 3/31/14 5:00pm 3/31/14 5:00pm

Guy perfectly sings Frozen's Let It Go as 21 classic Disney characters

Everyone is doing Disney's Frozen videos and covers lately, but this has to be the best yet: Watch Brian Hull singing Let It Go impersonating 21 classic Disney and Pixar (which is now Disney too) characters, which is extremely hard to do while singing. Really amazing talent. He really nailed it. » 3/15/14 5:56pm 3/15/14 5:56pm