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Critters on the Castle: The Cheshire Cat

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In 2005, all Disney theme parks across the globe participated in “The Happiest Celebration On Earth” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the original Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California. At the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, Cinderella’s Castle was covered with golden effigies of beloved Disney characters – many of them critters! For the next few weeks, I’ll feature some of these each Saturday as my contribution to the Camera Critters photo meme.

 

The Cheshire Cat

 

IMG_0886-Castle-Critters-Cheshire-CatWe’ve come to the end of the Critters on the Castle series, bringing it full circle back to Alice in Wonderland

The Cheshire Cat is the only character in the story who levels with Alice. He explains to her that everyone in Wonderland is mad; madness is the norm, and Alice, with all of her logic and reasoning and impatience for the nonsense that is the very fabric of Wonderland, doesn’t fit in. So if Alice is not normal, she must be mad… but… but… if she’s mad, then isn’t she really normal, by Wonderland standards? It’s all so confusing!

To top it all off, The Cheshire Cat can make parts of himself disappear! He can reduce himself to just a grin, floating on thin air with no head, no body, nothing but teeth. You know what I think? I think he got into the caterpillar’s hookah, that’s what I think!

In Disney’s 1951 animated feature, the Cheshire Cat was voiced by the incomparable Sterling Holloway, whose impressive resume includes the voicing of several other prominent Disney characters, including Kaa from The Jungle Book and Winnie the Pooh. Admit it. You just heard his voice in your head, saying, “Oh, bother!” 😉 I know, me too!

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Critters on the Castle: Hakuna Matata!

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In 2005, all Disney theme parks across the globe participated in “The Happiest Celebration On Earth” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the original Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California. At the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, Cinderella’s Castle was covered with golden effigies of beloved Disney characters – many of them critters! For the next few weeks, I’ll feature some of these each Saturday as my contribution to the Camera Critters photo meme.

Hakuna Matata!

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Critics and literary analyst-types have likened aspects of Disney’s 1994 film The Lion King to a number of works, most notably Shakespeare’s Hamlet and a few stories from the Old Testament. The former kind of intrigues me, for that would mean that Pumba and Timon are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern… 😀 I laugh just thinking about it!

Here we see Timon and Pumba leading the young Simba on a merry march around one of the castle turrets. Can’t you just hear them singing “Hakuna Matata” as they amble along? As I recall, the phrase is Swahili, and as the song instructs us, “it means no worries for the rest of your days”. This is Pumba and Timon’s “problem-free philosophy” for life, and they teach it to Simba so that he may forget about his unhappy past.

“Hakuna Matata” was one of three songs from The Lion King that was nominated for an Academy Award; the other two were “Circle of Life” and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” (which ended up winning).

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Critters on the Castle: Kaa

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In 2005, all Disney theme parks across the globe participated in “The Happiest Celebration On Earth” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the original Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California. At the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, Cinderella’s Castle was covered with golden effigies of beloved Disney characters – many of them critters! For the next few weeks, I’ll feature some of these each Saturday as my contribution to the Camera Critters photo meme.

Kaa

IMG_0857-Disney-Castle-Critter-Jungle-Book-KaaaDisney’s 1967 film The Jungle Book is based upon a novel of the same name by Rudyard Kipling. The Jungle Book makes several contributions to Disney’s burgeoning collection of villains, not the least of which is the ssssoft-sssspoken python, Kaa. In Kipling’s novel, Kaa was actually Mowgli’s very close friend, and his gift of hypnotism worked on everyone except Mowgli. In the Disney film, Kaa has a bit of a competitive streak, making not one but two attempts to capture and eat Mowgli before the man-eating tiger Shere Kahn does.

Kaa was portrayed by the hypnotically soft-spoken Sterling Holloway, whose resume is peppered with Disney projects. I’ll have more about Holloway in a subsequent edition of Camera Critters.

Walt Disney died during production of The Jungle Book, so he never got to see it. However, the film still bears Disney’s imprint; the original script was a bit dark for Walt’s taste, and it underwent revisions by a different writer at his insistence.

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Critters on the Castle: The White Rabbit

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In 2005, all Disney theme parks across the globe participated in “The Happiest Celebration On Earth” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the original Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California. At the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, Cinderella’s Castle was covered with golden effigies of beloved Disney characters – many of them critters! For the next few weeks, I’ll feature some of these each Saturday as my contribution to the Camera Critters photo meme.

The White Rabbit


IMG_0849-Magic-Kingdom-Castle-White-RabbitThe White Rabbit is a character from Disney’s 1951 animated feature Alice in Wonderland. Without the White Rabbit, Alice would never have ventured down the rabbit hole to have all those adventures in Wonderland.

The film was based upon Lewis Carroll’s novels, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.. Those who endeavor to analyze literature have always taken Alice’s tumble down the rabbit hole as a metaphoric representation of some sort of intellectual and/or emotional and/or spiritual awakening (they can’t seem to agree on this). That would make our White Rabbit the catalyst for such an awakening. He is, after all, a herald – note he’s got his trumpet, preparing to announce the arrival of the Queen of Hearts and her hapless King.

On the other hand, Jefferson Airplane saw the White Rabbit as a metaphor for a (possibly chemically induced) psychotic, mind-altering experience. Whereas Disney’s White Rabbit races by muttering, “I’m late, I’m late!”, Grace Slick’s version admonishes us to “Feed your head! Feed your head!”

Whichever the case – if you see the White Rabbit, remember that he is the proverbial rocker of worlds and hang on tight – your trip down the rabbit hole is likely to be a wild ride 😉

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