Posts Tagged ‘disney’

I am loath to be critical of another artist’s work, but yesterday I went to the movies and today I find myself all kinds of irritated. On paper, this movie looked phenomenal—a multitude of great characters, and great actors coming together in what was sure to be an epic masterpiece of the genre and this thing had its moments but by and large, I really didn’t like it. i’m talking about Marvel Studios’ latest, The Avengers: Infinity War. Now to be clear, I’m not as involved in the Marvel Universe as I once was, and perhaps a lot of this is explained more clearly in the comic books, but I can practically write what’s going to happen next. I have a feeling it’s revealed in the title of the film, but I digress, this is not what I want to see in a movie. I also know well the old saying, “All’s well that ends well,” and I think that’s my issue, this thing does not end well, even setting up a multitude of sequels, this does not end well.

I posted a little gripe on Facebook after shelling out my hard earned money to see this thing, and one person replied how he was glad to finally see a Disney/Marvel movie that doesn’t have a happy ending, because it’s more like real life. I will admit I kind of wanted to scream (just a little), “Who watches Marvel movies to see real life?” I don’t and that’s what really triggered this post. I don’t go to the movies to see reality. I go to movies to see good triumph over evil, because while I have faith that is the ultimate destiny of our world, in this present day, it happens far too rarely. Movies are an escape for me. I want to spend two hours of my life watching something that will uplift and inspire me. I fully understand cliff hangers and setting up sequels, but at the end of a movie, I at least want to feel hopeful. I think of a recent Star Wars Movie. Not The Last Jedi, the one before it where, spoiler alert, literally everybody dies. That movie came close to this but at the very end, we see that they did not die in vain and hope was restored, setting up the storyline for perhaps the most beloved fictional storyline ever.

Marvel/Disney, I don’t mind a good cliff hanger, but you can do better than this. I see very few movies in the theaters anymore. The prices are just way too high. I understand prices have to be that high because of how much is spent on them, but my budget is such that I can’t always afford to go. The movies I do go to see in theaters are the ones that I know are going to be epic in scope, that will benefit from a huge screen, and I go to see Christian movies as often as I can because I am trying to support the films amd the people who make them. That being said, if you’re going to end them this badly, I’ll be waiting for them on one of the countless sources available. I never go to a superhero movie for a dose of reality. That should be common sense. I go to the movies for some escapism and a chance to be reminded of the ultimate triumph of good over evil.

I was highly disappointed in Infinity War. Why do you go to the movies?


In 1945, Salvador Dali and Walt Disney came together to create a short film that melded Disney’s animation with Dali’s paintings. What they came up with was a masterpiece called Destino. Here’s what the Youtube page has to say about it:

The film tells the story of Chronos, the personification of time and the inability to realize his desire to love for a mortal. The scenes blend a series of surreal paintings of Dali with dancing and metamorphosis. The target production began in 1945, 58 years before its completion and was a collaboration between Walt Disney and the Spanish surrealist painter, Salvador Dalí. Salvador Dali and Walt Disney Destiny was produced by Dali and John Hench for 8 months between 1945 and 1946. Dali, at the time, Hench described as a “ghostly figure” who knew better than Dali or the secrets of the Disney film. For some time, the project remained a secret. The work of painter Salvador Dali was to prepare a six-minute sequence combining animation with live dancers and special effects for a movie in the same format of “Fantasia.” Dali in the studio working on The Disney characters are fighting against time, the giant sundial that emerges from the great stone face of Jupiter and that determines the fate of all human novels. Dalí and Hench were creating a new animation technique, the cinematic equivalent of “paranoid critique” of Dali. Method inspired by the work of Freud on the subconscious and the inclusion of hidden and double images.
Dalí said: “Entertainment highlights the art, its possibilities are endless.” The plot of the film was described by. Dalí as “A magical display of the problem of life in the labyrinth of time.”
Walt Disney said it was “A simple story about a young girl in search of true love.”

Regardless, this is a thing of beauty!

If you’ve been reading this for any length of time, you know I love Disney/Pixar films and their upcoming movie Inside Out looks amazing. Here’s the trailer.

I can’t wait to see it, but how much would you give to be able to see it? I mean to see the things that go on in other people’s heads. To see what’s going on even in your own head. If we could see our joy and our fear at work and learn to enhance the joy and shut down the fear–to better control our anger and on and on. Oh if only they were cartoon characters we could watch and learn from.

What would you do if you could see yourself (or maybe others) from the inside out?

I am just finishing up Ed Catmull’s must-read book Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
. It is one of the best books on creativity, I have ever read. Toward the end of the book, Ed shares a list of take-away points and I believe this one is vital for any creative, especially those who work as a team, on long-term projects.

“Don’t wait for things to be perfect before you share them with others. Show early and show often. It’ll be pretty when we get there, but it won’t be pretty along the way. And that’s as it should be.”

Think about it. Have you ever finished a project and it just wasn’t good? In Ed’s world at Pixar, they have a process all along the way where they share a projects progress all along the way. They full expect the creation to go through its own “awkward phase” and they accept that. This sharing of projects in progress allows them to fix things all along the way and produce something much better at the end. How much easier would our creative lives be if we would be able to take the time to get some feedback in process rather than finding the finished product is a disaster and have to start over? It’s happened to most creatives at one time or another.

This approach takes some vulnerability, to put imperfect work out for others to see but isn’t the end result worth it? Do you have a few trusted friends to whom you can show your works in progress? People who are sensitive enough to the process to not kill something in its early development, but bold enough to tell you what could be done to make it better? If not, maybe it’s time to find them.

Take some time and read Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
You’ll thank me for recommending it.

So many people, myself included, fear failure. I saw this graphic online and I think it serves as a good reminder:


The above statement is absolutely true. There is virtually no creativity without failure (unless you happen to be God) so if we are going to be creatives, it’s kind of pointless to fear failure. Everyone of these people was considered a failure, not good enough, and on and on. Can you believe someone thought Walter Elias Disney lacked imagination??? It seems ludicrous now but at one point, everyone of these greats, all of whom are now seen as the pinnacles of their respective crafts, was labeled a failure and rejected.

There was a failure here alright… a failure to see the greatness each of these folks possess and that fail was epic. But I want you to see something else. The reason every one of them rose to greatness was because they rejected the idea that they were a failure and pressed on. Look guys, not everyone is going to get you. Some people are going to think your work is garbage. Ignore them. You’re not a failure. You’re the creation of the only creative who has never, not even once failed. You cannot be a failure because your Creator has never failed. So press on. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off ask God to confirm your direction and press on.

You can do everything God has created you to do. Stick with it. You may have some bumps in the road, even some changes in direction, but there is success beyond the feeling of failure for those who will keep going.

The story behind the image. I did a collage of all these iconic images for my upcoming presentation the art of story and I thought I would share a little of the story behind the story. Watch the video for the whole story. Part of the AMOKArts presentation, The Art of Story. To book the Art of Story Workshop contact Dave Weiss at

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An important part of following God is knowing what He wants and a great way to know what He wants is to read His Word. Follow this plan and you will finish reading the Bible in a year.
Exodus 1-3; Psalm 17
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