Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Those Goofy French...

Aaah, the Wonderful World of Disney. Just the thought of it all things Disney bring a smile to my face, whether it be the Mickey Mouse Club (and I'm not talking about the 90s version with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. No sirree bob. I'm referring to the real deal, with original 50s cast members like Annette Funicello and Cubby O'Brien), Disney World, the innocence of Snow White (gold star for anyone who can name all seven dwarves – no cheating!) or Fantasia. Who doesn't remember the words to the Mickey Mouse Club theme song?

I never get tired of going to Disney World, despite my, ahem, advanced age, and can't wait to take my son there. We'll go on rides like It's a Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, and so on. We'll walk down Main Street, popping into shops, undoubtedly buying monogrammed mouse ears and other useless paraphernalia, and maybe catch a parade.

And of course, if we have the opportunity, we will mingle with Disney characters, following the well-traveled route of gathering autographs, and inevitably capturing all such interactions on film. I am guessing such photo opps will be the usual side-by-side, arms-about-one-another poses, and will not come anywhere close to what was captured on film in a EuroDisney dressing room...

According to Reuters,

"The Walt Disney Co. on Thursday said it took "appropriate action" against employees at its Paris theme park who were caught simulating sex while dressed as Disney characters in a digital video that has received wide attention on the Internet.

Disney would not say whether it had dismissed any of the costumed employees featured in the grainy video, which appears to have been shot with a hidden camera at a backstage dressing room at Disneyland Resort Paris.

"The behavior shown on the video is unacceptable and inexcusable," Disney said in a statement.

"The video was taken in the backstage area not accessible to guests. Appropriate action has been taken to deal with the cast members involved."

The video shows Minnie Mouse struggling to free herself as she is grabbed from behind by Goofy and then a giant snowman.

Later, Mickey Mouse simulates sex with the snowman and Goofy does the same with either Chip or Dale, the chipmunks, as laughter is heard on the tape."

Aaaah... Those goofy French...


nrg said...


I didn't need any assistance with this. My daughter thinks the names are hysterical. Especially Bashful, which to her sounds like bæsjfull (literally, "full of poop" in norwegian). It gets a good laugh every time.

tafka PP said...

NRG beat me to it.

I once ended a quite-serious relationship when he wouldn't entertain the prospect of a trip to DisneyLand.

rami said...

hey check out Lasse Åberg, a swedish artist who is famous for his depictions of micky mouse.

you can find some of his work here:


nrg said...

wow... mickey mouse meets picasso...

RR said...

Whoa, that takes "Let's go ride the Matterhorn" to a whole different level!

That article you quoted from cracked me up. The imagery!

I saw a documentary on the origins of Disneyworld and Disneyland the other day and told hubby that I really want to take the kids there one day, but he has no interest in waiting in all those lines. But I'm determined- I was at Disneyworld with friends about 15 years ago, and I'd love to go back.

Anonymous said...

Ok, those goofy French is a much nicer description than Eurotrash. I feel a little bad now.

Finnspadre said...

The only way I remember their names is by picking up on the oft-told tale that the diminuitive helpful lads symbolise the seven stages of cocaine addiction :-D

Maybe I need to move to France... ;-)