- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 14, 2005

Digital Disney

“In the 1960s, Walt Disney joked that one day he’d replace his elite corps of animators … and their slow, expensive way of making hand-drawn movies, with Audio-Animatronic figures.

“At the end of last month, Walt’s joke came true. The studio bearing his name announced that, due to a ‘changing creative climate and economic environment,’ it will be shutting DisneyToon Studios Australia next year. The studio … was the company’s last remaining facility creating hand-drawn … traditional animation. To compete in the 3-D computer-generated imagery (or CGI) arena, the house that a hand-drawn mouse built will become a pixels, rather than a paper-and-pencils, place.

“As the old animators often asked themselves, ‘What would Walt think?’ …

“I feel sure he would have embraced CGI animation. ‘Our business has grown with and by technical achievements,’ he said in 1941.”

—John Canemaker, writing on “Disney Erases Hand-Drawn Animation,” Aug. 9 in the Wall Street Journal

For richer

“Marriage … has been in an uninterrupted decline since the beginning of the so-called ‘sexual revolution.’ Between 1960 and 2004, the [annual] number of [weddings] per 1,000 unmarried women aged 15 and older dropped from 73.5 to 39.9.

“This decrease, [a study by the National Marriage Project] also shows, has significantly affected the standards of living of many U.S. citizens. ‘Marriage,’ the report says, ‘is a wealth generating institution.’

“The numbers show that ‘married couples create more economic assets on average than do otherwise similar singles or cohabiting couples. … Compared to those continuously married, those who never married have a reduction in wealth of 75 percent.’ …

“Men, the report finds, become more economically productive after marriage, earning ‘between 10 and 40 percent more than do single men with similar education and job histories.’”

—From “Marriage Collapse a Major Factor in Decline of Quality of Life Says Study,” Aug. 9 at www.lifesite.net

Liberals vs. Darwin

“There was much scoffing … at President Bush’s brief endorsement of the idea that the theory of Intelligent Design should be taught alongside Darwinism in public schools.

“But somebody should ask liberal pundits if they believe in the preservation of favored races in the struggle for life.

“I bet not many would agree. Yet that’s the subtitle to Darwin’s ‘The Origin of Species.’ …

“Nor do many liberal commentators know that much of Darwin’s second most important book, ‘The Descent of Man,’ consists of an evolutionary explanation of human racial differences.

“In it, Darwin wrote: ‘… the various races, when carefully compared and measured, differ much from each other. … Their mental characteristics are likewise very distinct; chiefly as it would appear in their emotions, but partly in their intellectual faculties.’

“This means that Darwinian science is on a collision course with progressive egalitarians. Darwinism requires hereditary inequalities. What natural selection selects is genetic difference. … The left fears true Darwinian science because the politically correct dogma of our factual equality cannot survive the relentlessly accumulating evidence of our genetic variability.”

—Steve Sailer, writing on “The Left Doesn’t Like Darwin Either,” Aug. 7 at www.vdare.com

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