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December 4, 2006

This is probably the only chance I'll ever have at impugning the New York Times' accuracy

The Times put up an article yesterday about Disney starting to make theatrical shorts again, and you can read it yourself, but the important part is this:

After a hiatus of nearly 50 years, Walt Disney Studios is getting back into the business of producing short cartoons, starting with a Goofy vehicle next year.

If by 50 years, they mean 11, then they're right. Take for example:

Tummy Trouble (1989, in front of Honey I Shrunk the Kids)
Roller Coaster Rabbit (1990, in front of Dick Tracy)
Trail Mix-Up (1993, in front of A Far Off Place)
Runaway Brain (1995, in front of A Kid in King Arthur's Court)

One could argue that making these four shorts (there may be more that I'm unaware of) didn't constitute being in "the business of producing short cartoons," but the article is misleading, to say the least.

Update: I emailed Jerry Beck of Cartoon Brew who knows way more about cartoons than I ever will, and he had John Henry, Off His Rockers, and Redux Riding Hood to add to the list. I also wanted to add I've seen one of the shorts that the article doesn't count as being in the business of producing shorts, Destino, and it clearly has no commercial aspirations, but sticking a Mickey Mouse short in front of A Kid in King Arthur's Court probably wasn't a purely artistic venture.

Posted by Will at December 4, 2006 1:01 PM

Comments

just goes to show you, you can't believe everything you read.

Posted by: dianne at December 4, 2006 2:09 PM

Gonna write a letter to the editor, or just hope they swing by your blog as often as I do?

Posted by: Dan at December 4, 2006 2:58 PM

You know, probably just the latter.

Posted by: Will at December 5, 2006 1:06 AM

I think the NY Times was splitting hairs saying it's been 50 years since an 'animated feature' from Disney opened up with an animated short infront of it. But bad fact checking nonetheless. I noted the same thing you did in my blog.

-John
http://www.thedisneyblog.com

Posted by: John Frost at December 9, 2006 8:30 PM

I wrote a letter to the Times after all. I got encouragement from a reporter who works there this weekend. We'll show em.

Posted by: Will at December 12, 2006 9:36 PM