The 75th Anniversary of the 1941 Disney Strike

Amid Amidi marks the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the first Disney labor strike, which started on May 29th, 1941:

…tensions had been building at the studio since the runaway success of the studio’s first film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, and employees of the studio had a litany of grievances from low wages and salary cuts to arbitrary layoffs, arcane bonus distribution systems, and oppressively long hours (including mandatory work on Saturdays).

Check out the full piece here.  Amidi offers a quick overview of what lead up to the strike, a gallery of images, and a connection to the working and wage condition of animation artists today.

The Hatbox Ghost Returns

Great overview of the history of the hatbox ghost and review of the new version recently installed in Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion:

Suffice it to say that the trick involves scrim, a two-way mirror, clever misdirection, a basically simple mechanical gimmick, a “black art well,” and strategically placed lighting. In other words, we’re essentially back in front of a 19th century magic show, the main difference being that the rabbit popping in and out of the hat is a dummy rabbit with a modern, inner-projected face. The official Disney video for the debut of the new HBG refers to the use of “fundamental tricks and illusions” already pioneered by Yale Gracey. It’s already the case that guesses as to how it’s done generally make it more complicated than it is. In my book, that’s one of the signs of a good magic trick.