Even if you're not into the whole theme park experience, it's hard not to appreciate the history of the Disney phenomenon. After all, the old-school Disney stuff, as we pointed out in a blog post the other day, is a lot darker than the Disney we know today. For instance, Pluto the talking dog wasn't always just a ridiculous pet – in 1943, he was "Private Pluto," a working dog whose job was to guard an army barracks with his life. World War II was still raging, and Walt Disney allowed the military to use its Burbank studio during the war to produce films that would help defeat the "great menace" of the Nazis.
You can watch the clip of "Private Pluto" below (note: prototype Chip and Dale chipmunks made their debut here).
D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration 2013 will be bringing some of Disney's archival materials to Orlando this Friday. A Disney archivist and D23 Fan Club member will present rare or never-before-seen images, sketches and footage of Disney characters, animations and legends. The Fanniversary tour is traveling around the country from March 1-April 7, and it's only stopping in Orlando for one day, at Walt Disney's BoardWalk Resort at Walt Disney World. Tickets are $21 for D23 members, $35 for non-members. For more info, check out the D23 Fanniversary page here.