Hefner And Disney
I took my girls to McDonald's recently, where they each got a Happy Meal that came with a toy, a promotional item for the latest Disney kid's movie.
As I was sitting there, munching my fries, I got to thinking about all the great memories from my childhood that are related to various Disney characters: Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse, in particular. And I recalled - dreamy-eyed - my trips to Disneyland and, later, Disneyworld.
But then a dark cloud crossed my mind as considered all the great kid's stories that Disney ruined for me: Winnie The Pooh and The Jungle Book(s), to name a couple. The originals were - and still are - marvelous multi-faceted tales of wonder. Disney turned them both into movie-mush, stirring in a mix of musical pablum for the kiddies.
And, as I sat there pondering all this, an old, old song by T-Bone Burnett - former member of Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue, and uber-producer/songwriter - called 'Hefner and Disney' came to mind, in which both are indicted for wanting to 'rob the children of their dreams.' Indeed.
Read the lyrics here.