Category Archives: Disney

Disney Princesses in Real Life, a photo essay

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Jirka Väätäinen is a Finnish design student at Bournemouth, and he wants to be very clear that his name is pronounced “Yirka”, not “Jerk-a”.

Web Watch has no reason to quibble with him on this, as he’s doing some phenomenal work on RE-IMAGINING DISNEY PRINCESSES as if they were real-life people.

Sure, we’ve seen some other examples of this with live models, but Jirka is taking a slightly different approach on this with his photo-realistic, manipulations that are designed to showcase what the Disney Princess would look like as an actual person.

Not a cartoon caricature, but really-for-real people.

Let’s take a quick look… 


Video Fun: Disney and Pixar Movies remixed into Pop Music

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Innovate the Pixar Way: Business Lessons from the World's Most Creative Corporate Playground
Innovate the Pixar Way:
Business Lessons from the World’s Most Creative Corporate Playground

Web Watch is always amazed at the creativity that the Internet has sparked.

Maybe that creativity and innovation has always been there, but the Internet has certainly made finding these things more exciting and accessible to all.

So when we stumbled upon this remix of audio clips from the FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, we thought that we’d take a look to see what else POGOMIX has done.

And that’s when we discovered this treasure trove of audio remixes from various DISNEY and PIXAR films.   Watch below, and enjoy… Continue reading VIDEO FUN: DISNEY AND PIXAR MOVIES REMIXED INTO POP MUSIC

What if Disney Princesses were tattooed and pierced?

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Disney Princess Tattoos
Disney Princess Tattoos

Disney Princesses have inspired many fantasies, for girls and boys alike.

Girls, because they want to be just as glamorous, rich, desired… and more recently, smart and self-sufficient.   

Web Watch has covered the Disney Princess phenomenon in the past, from both a business and a fantasy viewpoint (Briana Garcia and her Funny Disney Princesses being a popular page here on Web Watch).

So why do boys like the Disney Princesses?  Because let’s face it — in the right circumstance, Disney Princesses can be hot.  Heck, how can you explain why seven dwarves fought over Snow White? Continue reading WHAT IF DISNEY PRINCESSES WERE TATTOOED AND PIERCED?

Video Fun: Disney Princess Dub

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Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast

Just a quick posting today.

What happens when you take one of the most iconic Disney Princess songs ever written, and overdub it with what the character is *really* thinking as they’re singing their song. Continue reading VIDEO FUN: DISNEY PRINCESS DUB

Real-Life Disney Princesses at 2011 Comic-Con

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Sexy Tinkerbelle Costume

Previously, Web Watch has shared with you about REAL LIFE DISNEY PRINCESSES that attend San Diego’s famed COMIC CON.

This year is no exception.

We’ll be posting photos of this year’s sexy Disney Princesses in Real Life here.  Bookmark this page for updates: Continue reading REAL-LIFE DISNEY PRINCESSES AT 2011 COMIC-CON

Deconstruction of the Disney Princess, or Rules for becoming a Disney Princess yourself

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Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings by David Tutera

There have been any number of sociological reports written about how the Disney Princess marketing department — and let’s face it, the Disney Princess franchise really is a marketer’s dream in terms of how much product is sold — is leading to poor self-image in young girls.


Photographer Ryan Astamendi takes Real-life Disney Princesses photos

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Disney's Aladdin Jasmine Deluxe Adult Costume
Disney’s Aladdin – Jasmine Adult Costume

Ryan Astamendi is a professional photographer with an extensive portfolio of work.

One thing that he is becoming known for is his ability to recreate classic Disney Princess animated characters and turn them into real-life models.

Take, for example, the above stock advertising photo for a Jasmine costume from Disney’s Aladdin.  There’s nothing wrong with the photo or the model – it’s doing exactly what the marketing department requested.  If you’re looking for a costume, it’s perfectly adequate… but if you’re looking for the “essence” of the character, you have to look elsewhere.

That’s why what Ryan does is much, much more than just take a photo or two. Continue reading PHOTOGRAPHER RYAN ASTAMENDI TAKES REAL-LIFE DISNEY PRINCESSES PHOTOS

Q: What does Mickey Mouse smell like? A: mint, chocolate, and the sea

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Jitterbug Perfume
Jitterbug Perfume

Have you ever wanted to smell like Walt Disney World or Disneyland?

Have you ever wanted to smell like a true magical fantasy?

Well, now’s your chance as The Disney Stores have decided to launch an exclusive perfume and fragrance line that captures the scentual essence of what “Disney” means. Continue reading Q: WHAT DOES MICKEY MOUSE SMELL LIKE? A: MINT, CHOCOLATE, AND THE SEA

What Was There? A photographic journey through history

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World Map
World Map

The more things change, the more things change.

Some places are known for blowing the existing up and rebuilding from the ashes, history be damned.  Other places embrace their history, making it difficult for any new development to take place lest it disturb the historical (in)significance of what’s present.

That’s why Web Watch loves websites like WHAT WAS THERE, as it tries to capture the glory of history, without worrying about keeping the march of progress down.


How to fix Internet Explorer from showing mobile versions of websites (like

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Snow White Apple Macbook Sticker
Sticker for back of the Apple Macbook:
“Snow White holding a Poison Apple”

Perhaps you’ve run into this issue yourself: you’re happily cruising around the Internet using Internet Explorer 8 or Internet Explorer 9 – most likely in Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Everything seems fine for pretty much every website you hit.

Until you visit a website… like DISNEY.COM… and you are shown a mobile version of their site. Continue reading HOW TO FIX INTERNET EXPLORER FROM SHOWING MOBILE VERSIONS OF WEBSITES (LIKE DISNEY.COM)

The most reputable brands of 2011 are Google and J&J

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Get into Bed with Google
Get into Bed with Google

In their 12th annual study of over 30,000 people regarding BUSINESS REPUTATIONS AND PUBLIC PERCEPTION, Google ranked first.

What exactly is “business reputation”? That’s what the public views as social responsibility, emotional appeal, quality of the product, financial performance, and other touchy-feely elements that could lead an individual investor to put some money into a company’s stock. Continue reading THE MOST REPUTABLE BRANDS OF 2011 ARE GOOGLE AND J&J

The 15 Biggest Box Office Bombs

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Box Office Bomb
Box Office Bomb

We’ve all seen films that, for various reasons, we thought kinda stunk.

Still, many of these so-called bad films still did fairly well at the box office – and in Hollywood, doing well at the box office tends to erase any memories of a film’s actual quality.

But what about the films that did poorly at the box office?  By now, you’ve probably heard about the film ZYZZYX ROAD that infamously only made $30 total at the box office.

As you’ll see by this list of THE TOP 15 BIGGEST BOX OFFICE BOMBS, making just $30 is sometimes all you need to be considered a hit – click the link for the financial details: Continue reading THE 15 BIGGEST BOX OFFICE BOMBS

Today’s swag: a “make your own” Disney animation desk kit

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Learn to Draw Tigger
Learn to Draw Tigger

If you’ve ever wanted to work in the animation industry, whether it be for Disney or other cartoon-oriented companies, getting your own animation desk is almost always the first thing on an aspiring artist’s wish list.

While it’s not a usable version, you may want to check out this piece of swag sent to Web Watch from the fine folks at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Disney Animation Desk model assembled
Disney animator’s desk, assembled

Sure, it might be made of cardstock, but it’s the perfect item to assemble and use as inspiration while you work hard and try to achieve your dream job.

Disney Animation Desk model sheet
Walt Disney Animation Studios Desk model sheet

The text on the sheet reads:


From pencils to pixels, and digits to digital, we celebrate our pioneers, artists, and storytellers, and look ahead to a rich slate of exciting new projects covering a wide spectrum of styles and subjects.  The Disney drawing desk has been the starting point for some of our greatest stories, worlds and characters.  This model symbolizes our proud heritage, and marks the Studio’s continued goal of telling great stories using a wide range of styles and techniques

Proof that waiting on line at Disney parks can be miserable

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The Disney Queue Line Survival Guidebook
The Disney Queue Line Survival Guidebook

Web Watch never get bored while waiting on line for a Disney theme park attraction.

The detailed queues, interactive distractions, background music, park smells – the general happiness that permeates the Disney parks are designed to distract you from even thinking that you’ve been waiting in line for 2 hours to ride Toy Story Mania.

Okay – maybe waiting two hours for a 3-minute ride isn’t exactly a good use of anyone’s time, and definitely showcases the largest problem with the use of FastPass (but we digress, as we’re not going to talk about the pros/cons of FastPass today).

No, today we’re going to highlight the dark side of the Disney Park experience: the “gotta go, gotta go” mentality that pushes a family to Do Everything, Because It’s an Expensive Disney Trip, Dammit. Continue reading PROOF THAT WAITING ON LINE AT DISNEY PARKS CAN BE MISERABLE

Why are animated FILMS never nominated for Best Director or acting awards?

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Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3

It’s a completely legitimate question, especially as Pixar continues its stellar run of high-quality animated entertainment.

There’s a reason why TOY STORY 3 is nominated for Best Picture this year.  There’s a reason why UP was nominated for Best Picture last year.  There’s a reason why WALL-E‘s lack of a Best Picture nomination forced the Academy to increase the number of eligible Best Picture nominees from five to 10, thus ensuring that there would be 5 more chances for an animated film to lose any chance of ever winning a Best Picture award of its own outside of the animation categories. Continue reading WHY ARE ANIMATED FILMS NEVER NOMINATED FOR BEST DIRECTOR OR ACTING AWARDS?