Retro Disney

A recent trip to DISNEYLAND revealed an amazing number of retro-themed products. It seems our community has been discovered by the biggest media company in the world -- and judging from the number of Bettie Page bangs, pinned hair, pomps and the like walking through the place, it's no wonder. The fact that Pixar's John Lassiter has taken over as Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering (among other jobs at the studio) has helped. Pixar, ironically, always seemed to "get" what Disney used to have and lost. So, with his ascendancy comes a renewed reverence for not only Disney's history (such as shifting California Adventure from a celebration of all things that yuppies love about Cali -- like expensive wine -- to an upcoming shift to a 1920's-themed part about how Walt experienced California when he first arrived) but retro pop culture in general. Pics above include lots of tiki-inspired fare and a tattoo-themed Mickey. At the very least it shows that someone else besides Christian Aguilera can make a tattoo-themed t-shirt!

More links showing Pixar's love of retro:

Wall-E teaser posters by Eric Tan


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Bettie Blogger said...

Thanks so much for commenting. While we try to keep on top of news about Bettie, her life, her legacy, etc., we are really trying to turn this blog into a celebration of what she stood for -- style, her sexual empowerment, self-confidence and an non-conformist definition of beauty.

Comments and conversations really enrich the blog and motivate us to post more often and more varied material. A sincere "thank you" for commenting!

Anonymous said...

Hi... just happen to cross your site...

Im planning to go to Tokyo or Hong Kong Disney this Christmas. Hoho and I found some stuffs from Hong Kong Disneyland here as well:

I will definitely take tones of photos there!!!

Dad.. said...

love...Love...LOVE... The DIsney Retro items! It seems Disneyland carries more than Disney World. I particularly love the Disney pins. Can't wait to go back and buy more!!