Bloody hell: Disney made an animated ‘period’ short about menstruation

Beginning in 1946 and continuing into the 1960s, Disney gave young women the “talk” about their periods with an educational animated short titled The Story of Menstruation. The 10-minute stylized animation, produced by Walt Disney Productions, was backed by the company behind tampon brand Kotex (then it was the International Cello-Cotton Company, now it’s Kimberly-Clark). Kotex boasts that it taught 105 million girls, in health education classes across the United States, about puberty and good ol’ Aunt Flo.

All these millions of girls were also given Very Personally Yours, a propagandic booklet that expands on the film’s knowledge.

The female narrator explains that this booklet “explodes that old taboo against bathing during your period.”

Not only can you bathe, you should bathe. Because during menstruation, your perspiration glands are working overtime.

These young women were also given pointers on how to suck it up when they are feeling irritable:

Don’t let it get you down. After all, you have to live with people. You have to live with yourself too. And once you stop feeling sorry for yourself and take those days in your stride, you’ll find it’s easier to keep smiling and even tempered.

 And as for the old taboo against exercise, that’s nonsense. Exercise is good for you during menstruation. Just use common sense.

Darnit.

Watch it for yourself and see if you learn anything new about that time of the month.

via Bloody hell: Disney made an animated ‘period’ short about menstruation | Dangerous Minds.

This Artist Puts Disney Characters Into Real-Life Situations

1. What is Jasmine doing in the club?

What is Jasmine doing in the club?

“In The Club Like” by Harry McNally hm-co.myshopify.com

2. Why are Lady Tremaine, Drizella, and Anastasia walking to the ball?

Why are Lady Tremaine, Drizella, and Anastasia walking to the ball?

“Mean Girls” by Harry McNally hm-co.myshopify.com

They’re there because that’s where Harry McNally put them.

3. McNally is a photographer, and for his “Moments Like This” series he superimposes Disney characters (like Cinderella) on to 35mm photographs.

McNally is a photographer, and for his "Moments Like This" series he superimposes Disney characters (like Cinderella) on to 35mm photographs.

“Transformation” by Harry McNally hm-co.myshopify.com

4. This image of Alice lost in the New York subway system (“Which Way Is Up”) was the first in the series.

This image of Alice lost in the New York subway system ("Which Way Is Up") was the first in the series.

“Which Way Is Up” by Harry McNally http://”hm-co.myshopify.com

5. Suddenly Mickey becomes a janitor….

6. …and Gus Gus gets drunk.

...and Gus Gus gets drunk.

“Afterhours” by Harry McNally hm-co.myshopify.com

7. What kind of prescription could Snow White be taking?

What kind of prescription could Snow White be taking?

“Excuse Me” by Harry McNally hm-co.myshopify.com

Maybe the poisoned apple left permanent damage.

8. Without a pumpkin coach, Cinderella is forced to take the subway.

Without a pumpkin coach, Cinderella is forced to take the subway.

“End Of The Night” by Harry McNally hm-co.myshopify.com

9. How does he match up each character and photograph (like Ariel and this bedroom scene) so perfectly?

How does he match up each character and photograph (like Ariel and this bedroom scene) so perfectly?

“Where Have You Been” by Harry McNally hm-co.myshopify.com

McNally played it coy and told BuzzFeed Life that “the ideas come to me in my sleep.”

10. Although he’s marvelous at creating these moments melding fantasy and reality, McNally said he has never been a huge Disney fan (sorry, Peter Pan).

Although he's marvelous at creating these moments melding fantasy and reality, McNally said he has never been a huge Disney fan (sorry, Peter Pan).

“Diagnosis” by Harry McNally hm-co.myshopify.com

“However, I grew up with two sisters, so I was exposed to a lot of these films. Sometimes unwillingly. I am seeing a therapist now.”

11. Cogsworth is not impressed with this display, but if *you* are, you can buy prints of McNally’s work here.

And if you don’t have the money for a print, go ahead and follow McNally on Instagram to see who he drops into the real world next.

via This Artist Puts Disney Characters Into Real-Life Situations.

Disney Reveals Where They’ve Hidden Mickey In Their Movies. Can You Find Him?

The clever magicians and animators behind some of Disney’s greatest animated movies have long hidden Mickey Mouse images or silhouettes throughout their work, and a community of vigilant eagle-eyed fans has made it a fun activity of finding all the hidden Mickey Mouses (Mickey Mice?) they can.

The search for Hidden Mickeys began in Disney’s many theme parks, where architects and designers hid Mickey Mouse silhouettes throughout their work. For a long time, Disney remained quiet about the existence of “Hidden Mickeys,” but a recent post on the Oh My Disney blog has revived speculation about these little Easter Eggs.

Check out the images below to see if you can find the Hidden Mickeys! Some are just the iconic shape while others are pictures of the mouse himself.

More info: blogs.disney.com (h/t: dailymail)

Beauty and the Beast

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Rescuers

Wreck-It Ralph

Hercules

Lilo & Stitch

A Goofy Movie

Frozen

The Lion King

Oliver & Company

Aladdin

Cinderella

The Little Mermaid

Answers:

via Disney Reveals Where They’ve Hidden Mickey In Their Movies. Can You Find Him? | Bored Panda.

Disney Animators Study Their Reflections In The Mirror To Draw Their Characters Right

As talented as the illustrators at Disney and Warner Brothers are, even they cannot draw their expressive characters out of thin air. They, and other professional animators, often use mirrors to model for themselves as they draw their characters’ frowns and grins.

The sight of these legendary professionals form the 1950s and later sitting at their tables as they leer and glare at themselves will definitely bring a smile to your face, so take a look!

More info: Life (h/t: Join_You_In_The_Sun)

via Disney Animators Study Their Reflections In The Mirror To Draw Their Characters Right | Bored Panda.

The Terrifying Origin Stories Behind Your Favourite Disney Movies

Good news, olde timey story fans: the first edition of the Brothers Grimms’ fairy tales will be finally translated into English, with the original endings restored. This is a huge deal, because most of these stories have been watered down to be more child-friendly over the years, with many of them eventually becoming Disney movies that were so different from the source material that you could hardly tell they were the same story.

Of course, Disney didn’t only change the endings to Grimm stories. Hans Christian Andersen, Victor Hugo, and more famous authors had their works posthumously edited by Disney to include a happy ending. So from Sleeping Beauty’s rape to Cinderella’s bloody revenge, let’s tackle the seven most horrifying Disney origin stories — it’s what the brothers would have wanted.

1. “Cinderella”

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How You Thought It Ended: In the 1950 Disney movie, Cinderella and her Prince were married, and lived happily ever after.
How It Really Ended: In the “Grimms’ Fairy Tales” version of the story, Aschenputtel and her prince also lived “HEA”… but her stepsisters met a bloody, horrifying end. The movie version of the sisters just kind of had to live with their jealousy and rage over Cinderella getting her prince, but the real story left them horribly disfigured. One of them cut her toes off to fit in the golden slipper, while the other sliced off her heel. 

But that’s not even the worst of it — during Aschenputtel and her prince’s wedding, doves flew down from Heaven and pecked the sisters’ eyes out. Rough.

2. “The Little Mermaid”

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How You Thought It Ended: Ariel was turned into a human permanently by her father, and lived happily ever after with her husband, Prince Eric. How nice.
How It Really Ended: Hans Christian Andersen played with some deeply spiritual themes in “The Little Mermaid” — for example, his Mermaid didn’t only wish for legs to get the boy, she wished for legs because Mermaids don’t get to go to heaven like humans do. Also, in this version of the tale, she felt like she was walking on sharp knives every time she took a step.

She also failed in her mission to get the prince to love her — if she succeeded, his kiss would breathe part of his soul into her body, allowing her to have an afterlife — and on the day of his wedding, she flung herself into the sea and died.

However, there was a somewhat happy ending in store, as instead of becoming sea foam she became a “daughter of the air” who could eventually earn her way to a soul if she did enough good things. Yeah.

3. “Snow White”

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How You Thought It Ended: The prince kisses Snow White, wakes her up, and carries her off to his castle. Also, the Evil Queen dies by falling off a cliff.
How It Really Ended: Same, but the Grimm brothers once again give the story’s villain a much crueler fate. The Queen was invited to Snow and her prince’s wedding, which was nice, but when she arrived she was given a pair of hot iron shoes and forced to dance to death in front of the wedding party.

4. “Sleeping Beauty”

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How You Thought It Ended: The prince defeats a dragon, kisses the sleeping maiden, then dances with her awakened self as her dress changes colors.
How It Really Ended: In Giambattista Basile’s 17th century tale “Sun, Moon, and Talia,” the prince didn’t kiss Talia when he found her sleeping — he was a king, and he raped her. She woke up months later with twin babies, Sun and Moon, then was reunited with the married king. She got her happily ever after, but only after the current queen tried to make the king eat his own babies. He threw her in a fire and married Talia as punishment.

5. “Pinocchio”

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How You Thought It Ended: Pinocchio saves Geppetto from the whale and is rewarded with human life by the Blue Fairy. Jiminy gets a job as a certified conscience.
How It Really Ended: Guys, the “real” Pinocchio, from Carlo Collodi’s story, was a dick. He murders the story’s version of Jiminy in the first act, and Geppetto goes to jail for negligence. Once he gets out, poor Geppetto sells his only coat to send Pinocchio to school and buy him a school book, which Pinocchio promptly sells for theater tickets. He gets worse and worse from there, so it’s hard to even feel that bad for him when Fox and Cat hang him from a tree, leaving him to suffocate to death.

6. “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

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How You Thought It Ended: Quasimodo doesn’t exactly get a happily ever after with Esmerelda, but he does accept the fact that she does not love him like that. Also, he finally enters society after he defeats the villainous Frollo, and the people love him!
How It Really Ended: “Hunchback” was originally written by Victor Hugo — the same guy who wrote Les Misérables — so you knew it was going to end badly. Basically, Frollo hangs Esmerelda, Quasimodo kills Frollo, then Quasimodo mourns by Esmerelda’s discarded corpse and starves to death. 

7. “The Fox and the Hound”

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How You Thought It Ended: Tod gets to live out his life as a fox, Copper gets to live out his life as a hound, and they remember their years of friendship fondly.
How It Really Ended: Are you sitting down? Because in Daniel P. Mannix’s source material, Copper chases Tod until he dies of exhaustion. Then Copper’s master moves to a nursing home — but not before murdering Copper with a shotgun! Happily ever after, indeed.

via The Terrifying Origin Stories Behind Your Favorite Disney Movies – MTV.