How Disney Designed The Military's Electromagnetic Launch System

This week we learned about an amazing new Navy (and NASA) electromagnetic launch system that moves a jet 240mph across a 300 foot runway. What we didn't know is this ulta-advanced technology was developed by Disney. As in Mickey Mouse. » 12/24/10 11:30am 12/24/10 11:30am

Highways Of Future Past: How Close Are We?

The Disney-produced "Magic Highway" animated short presented how 1950s futurists viewed future transportation. It's equally prescient (LifeFlight, sprawl), ridiculous (nuclear cars, air-conditioned roads) and patriarchal (mom to the mall). But what from these highways of future past came true? » 12/09/09 4:00pm 12/09/09 4:00pm

The Disembodied Head of Mickey Mouse Says: C-H-A-R-I-O-T!

We aren't sure what to make of this ad. Since Disney will, er, make very uncomfortable anyone who uses its trademarked symbols without permission, we must assume there was some Disney/Mitsubishi licensing deal involved here. We must also assume that the menacing, unmoving face of Mickey Mouse leering into the…

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Lightning McQueen a Holden? Australian 'Cars' Promo

Since every car on the NEXTEL Cup circuit today is based on a four-door sedan anyway, and the Holden HSV E Series GTS actually does look a bit like the Butterscotch Stallion-voiced protagonist of Pixar's Cars, this DVD-release tie-in promo actually makes quite a bit of sense. Contestants can either enter online or via… » 11/17/06 1:00am 11/17/06 1:00am

Dear Doctor: We're Sorry About Your Tragedy, But Get a Life

Listen, we feel really bad for Chicagoland doctor Lanny Wilson. He lost his 14-year-old daughter to a Metra train collision while his son was trying to get her to a rehearsal on time and ignored the lights. And now he's campaigning to have the scene in Cars where Lightning McQueen just barely beats a train across the… » 7/07/06 12:15am 7/07/06 12:15am