The Pirates and the Mouse: Disney's War Against the Underground

The Pirates and the Mouse Disney s War Against the Underground Two excerpted chapters in The Comics Journal last year proved to be one of the mag s most popular features in recent memory Of interest to Disneyana collectors and Disney haters alike Legal precedents

  • Title: The Pirates and the Mouse: Disney's War Against the Underground
  • Author: Bob Levin
  • ISBN: 9781560975304
  • Page: 488
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Two excerpted chapters in The Comics Journal last year proved to be one of the mag s most popular features in recent memory Of interest to Disneyana collectors and Disney haters alike Legal precedents will make this a popular library and academic text Major review attention Advance reading copies Widespread cultural appeal

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    1. Dan O'Neill and his "Air Pirates" collective were, by virtue of opinion, either narcotic-gobbling subhominid perverts, or the most brazen geniuses in the history of comix (and copyright law). Either way, they've been largely forgotten by history. This book does its part to remedy that with plenty of high adventure and debauchery, Though its written by a civil liberties lawyer, so be prepared for an assload of footnotes and legal jargon, as well as "I'm-hot-shit-cos-I-was-alive-in the-sixties" se [...]

    2. The Air Pirates vs Disney draws a considerable amount of conclusions. 1) Dan O'Neill is an entertainingly angry man. 2) Disney is a complete monster. 3)it's possible to tell a good story without being the best storyteller.

    3. Engrossing story of the Disney empire trying to keep us childlike, versus the underground 60's folk trying to hold on to their adolescence and the culture war that ensued.

    4. Incredible non-fiction book about a twenty-year legal battle between Dan O'Neill (a San Francisco-based underground cartoonist) and a group known as the Air Pirates who took on Disney in a riotously profane and irreverent parody of many Disney characters.This book has much to say about copyright law, parody law, freedom of speech, an artist's right to protect his work, and the counter-culture's right to poke fun at it. It raises provocative questions, and does so with showing you many samples of [...]

    5. I was obligated to read this book, as my undergraduate thesis was on Underground Comix as a reflection of 1960s America, and the thesis sites the publication of Dsn O'Niell's Air Pirates as the pivotal comic in the end of the Underground Comix phenomena. As we all know by now, you take on Disney you lose. This became a landmark case in establishing the rules backing parody in relation to copyrighted material. Owning the comix in question, it is easy to see the parody, but the problem came in the [...]

    6. The Air Pirates were a group of underground cartoonists led by Dan O'Neil. They felt Disney had gotten too big for its britches, was trying to sanitize and control too much culture, and was a ripe target for parody/satire. Disney did not agree and brought its full, goliath legal strength down upon this small group of practically destitute artists. Levin does a good job of capturing the zeitgeist of the times, channeling the talented and charming nature of these "criminal" cartoonists, and tappin [...]

    7. This is a fascinating story of how the underground comic artists lead by Dan O'Neill creator of the comic strip "Odd Bodkins" (ever heard of it?) that ran in the SF Chronical for some years took on the cultural hegemony that the Disney corporation represents. The book is written by a lawyer albeit one with a distinctly soft spot for the underground comic crusaders that produced two comic books in the early 70's titled "Mickey Mouuse Meets The Air Pirates". They tried to get issue three out but D [...]

    8. A great story I knew only the tiniest bits & pieces of prior to reading - a must for indie comic fans and/or Disney haters I prob'ly oughta get off this pirate theme

    9. A well researched and well written tale of the sledgehammer Disney uses to protect it's Intellectual Property and the naivity of the people who take on this behemoth.

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