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  1. A Hippie in the House of Mouse (Jim Henson at Disney, 1980)

    A literal train wreck for sure! That would certainly explain why Rev. Awdry was so resistant to Alcott at first.
  2. A Hippie in the House of Mouse (Jim Henson at Disney, 1980)

    I'd so pay to see either of those. But no, even Disney under Henson isn't going there. Totally ripe for Robot Chicken though. I'll eventually get to Discovery Island. Basically the same. The Butterfly strikes in 1983 after all the OTL groundwork is laid.
  3. A Hippie in the House of Mouse (Jim Henson at Disney, 1980)
    Threadmarks: Thomas & Friends

    Awdry “Railroad Series” to see New Life on Small Screen Article from the London Times, September 15th, 1983 The Reverend W. Awdry’s classic children’s stories of his “Railway Series” are set to see television release both in Britain and the United States. Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends[1], a...
  4. A Hippie in the House of Mouse (Jim Henson at Disney, 1980)

    Sure enough. I'm looking into things. As of "now" in the TL he's in self-imposed exile in France.
  5. A Hippie in the House of Mouse (Jim Henson at Disney, 1980)

    Willie was also Lucas' dog at the time of writing Temple of Doom. Naming Indy Jr. "Mutt" was a callback to this. I'll think about Sam Fuller. He wasn't really on my radar for this TL but let me research things. Ninja Edit: with the White Dog controversy hitting in 1981 it'll be hard to...
  6. A Hippie in the House of Mouse (Jim Henson at Disney, 1980)

    I like it! This will be exactly how the name is portrayed in the Japanese release. There were already notable differences between the Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese, and world releases. This will further cement the deal! Hat-tip coming your way, Damien. Which was exactly what I was going for...
  7. A Hippie in the House of Mouse (Jim Henson at Disney, 1980)

    You'll get the chance to see a synopsis. I hope it lives up to the hype.
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    She chose the name Oni based on her love of mythology. Spielberg added "Yamato" because of the WWII battleship of the same name. Adding more fun to it, the individual kanji for Yamato are 大 roughly meaning "great" in this context (could also translate to "mountain" (山) as well) and 和 meaning...
  9. A Hippie in the House of Mouse (Jim Henson at Disney, 1980)

    Name choice is deliberate. By 1980's cultural standards that IS tactful. George Lucas was shocked that Indian people saw his "bug-eating, child-enslaving, heart ripping cult of Kali" thing as disrespectful of Hindu culture. My new favorite is Neuroanatomy. It's amazing how many of the parts of...
  10. A Hippie in the House of Mouse (Jim Henson at Disney, 1980)

    As a real life Electrical Engineer turned Biomedical Engineer I feel the pain here. Full disclosure, I've put some of my own autobio experience into this post. The MVC and DE stuff would be Sophomore year, but still a lot on top of everything else. And big- and middle-name engineering schools...
  11. A Hippie in the House of Mouse (Jim Henson at Disney, 1980)

    Huyck's dog was indeed named after the Steel Helmet character, so the indirect reference is still there. In this case The Kid Sidekick earned the name Willie (per Lucas' dog) first, leaving Hou with the other name. It actually enhances it. Now he has a new frame of reference to "think like an...
  12. A Hippie in the House of Mouse (Jim Henson at Disney, 1980)
    Threadmarks: Henson Bio VIII: Lisa & Brian

    Chapter 13: Next Steps and The Next Generation Excerpt from Jim Henson: Storyteller, an authorized biography by Jay O’Brian In 1980 while Jim Henson pursued his “Disney plan”, his eldest daughter Lisa was pursuing her studies at Harvard University, where she was pursuing a bachelor’s degree in...
  13. A Hippie in the House of Mouse (Jim Henson at Disney, 1980)

    Tandy and Atari (among others) will come up in the next computer post, fear not.
  14. A Hippie in the House of Mouse (Jim Henson at Disney, 1980)

    Yep. Oh those ones that Spell Check misses! So far we've been very US/Japan-centric, but @Kalvan and I will see what we come up with. I may have to steal that chapter title.
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    Thanks, I'll fix that. Thanks, and thank Kalvan. You'll see some crazy alternate computer platforms soon enough. And Chuck Peddle will be seen again.
  16. A Hippie in the House of Mouse (Jim Henson at Disney, 1980)
    Threadmarks: Computers I: The Warriors

    Special note: today's post is brought to you by the generous support of @Kalvan and marks the first of a series of alternate computer posts. The changes are small so far, but big butterflies on the way. Enjoy! ------------------------------------- 4-bits, 8-bits, 16-bits: A Home Invasion...
  17. A Hippie in the House of Mouse (Jim Henson at Disney, 1980)

    Ah, the sweet smell of cancer and l Mad Men was one of the few that did show the overflowing piles of butts. And yet even they managed to make smoking and binge drinking look so fucking sexy cool even as they tried to make it not so. As the son of a serious smoker who ultimately died of...
  18. A Hippie in the House of Mouse (Jim Henson at Disney, 1980)

    Give someone enough acid and they'll find a pattern in anything. "Did you know that my thumbnail isn't just a part of the universe...it IS the universe!?!" Given the sales figures from ET that summer that wasn't completely insane. Still, as I said ET was the symptom of a much larger problem...
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    The biggest problem with ET was that they rushed it out to met the Christmas deadline. Atari and Warshaw were hubristic enough to believe they could squeeze out a complex multifaceted game in a few weeks. It was a classic case of an "obvious beta" that hadn't yet been properly play-tested and...
  20. A Hippie in the House of Mouse (Jim Henson at Disney, 1980)
    Threadmarks: Disney Unauthorized History VI: Home Media

    Chapter 14: Times of Change, Times of Troubles Excerpt from The King is Dead: The Walt Disney Company After Walt Disney, an Unauthorized History by Sue Donym and Arman N. Said “Take Home the Magic!” read the November 1982 advert. The full-color splash page featured Mickey’s magician’s hat from...
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