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SONG OF THE WEEK: "Queen of Mars" by "Candace Flynn" (2008)

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This is from "Phineus and Ferb," which is far and away my favorite Disney Channel cartoon at the moment, possibly ever. It really could eclipse Kim Possible in my heart, if I'm honest. If you've not seen the show, it's worth a look, and there's two entirely gratuitous songs in each episode, several of which we've featured on here before. Anyway, it's only a minute long, it's catchy and funny, so check it out under the jump. You know, unless you're a jerk...

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: "All Around The Moon"

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Ok, I've been slamming Von Braun pretty hard, calling him an Nazi Party Member and a Major in the SS, and some people have complained to me about dissing the guy who put us on the moon, and that none of that stuff doesn't matter any more than the current Pope having been an unwilling member of the Hitler Youth.

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: "To the Moon with Von Braun and Disney!"

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Over the last couple weeks, we've been looking at Von Braun's space shuttle obsession, and Disney's eventual enthusiastic support of such a thing. So, ok, you've got a space shuttle. The obvious problem then becomes one we in the present face: "So you can get to orbit. Big deal. What do you do next?" Well, you go on to the moon, obviously, and here's former Nazi party member and SS Major Werner von Braun himself explaining his plan and how it'll all work, followed by a dramatization of a lunar mission. Part 1:

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: "Von Braun's Space Shuttles - Disney Style!"

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Last week we talked about Von Braun's space shuttle obsession and our glorious dreams of a 1950s future in space. This week we'll look at some actual visualizations of that future, as seen by Disney studios.

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: "Mars, 1950s Style!"

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Man, you really have to hand it to Walt Disney: The man went beyond just typical mid-century American enthusiasm about the future, he was clearly obsessive about it. This came to fruition in the tense days following the launch of Sputnik (October 1957), in which America - caught flatfooted - struggled to figure out how to make sense of what this new "Space Age" meant.

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: Trips to Mars, 1950s style

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A short disney film showing 1950s concepts for trips to the red planet under the jump. You've got to hand it to Walt. I can't imagine a more dedicated futurian, he acutally used his considerable industrial and media resources to plug this kind of stuff and make it really exciting and interesting and understandable for ma and pa kettle.

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: The 1904 St. Louis Exposition

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Today we're gonna' look at another really influential American World's Fair: The 1904 St. Louis Exposition, celebrating progress (As did all of them), but also celebrating the hundredth anniversiary of the Louisiana Purchase, and westward expansion. The oddly fascinating details are beneath the jump. Or maybe they aren't, but the point is that you'll never know if you don't look.

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BREAKING NEWS: Disney Acquires Marvel

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As reported by multiple sources, Disney has bought Marvel Entertainment, including the comics and the movie divisions for about $4 billion.

Though Marvel has distribution deals with about a half dozen studios right now (Fox (X-Men), Sony (Spider-Man), Paramount (Iron Man/Avengers), etc), Disney seems unconcerned about this and is apparently in it for the long haul.

I personally think that the Marvel U could stand a little Disney-style lightnening-up.

Looking forward to the Fantastic Four Pixar movie... oh wait. That was already done...

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: Monorail! Monorail! Monorail! Mono-D'oh!

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If there's a pie-in-the-sky Worlds Fair concept that typifies the 20th Century obsession of the future, it's the monorail: Dozens have been built, it's clearly feasable with off-the-shelf technology, it looks freakin' cool, and yet....tumbleweeds and crickets chirping. Nothing ever comes of it, you know? The only organization that's ever really been able to make a go of Monorails is Disney.

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