45 years ago one of the men who shaped the world in his image forever passed on. Walt Disney, innovator, animator, and imaginer, lost the battle with lung cancer. Disney left behind him a legacy of theme parks, cartoons, musicals, technological marvels and an institution of family entertainment that is unequaled.
He also left behind a very curious legend. No one how the rumors started, but it is commonly believed that the body of Walt Disney, or perhaps just his head, lies underneath the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, frozen in liquid nitrogen until a cure for cancer is discovered. The story has been branded false by the folks at Snopes, which is good enough for us, but the privacy Disney maintained about his life as well as his reputation as a genius certainly lend the myth some believability. After all, it was only a month after his death that James Bedford became the first successfully frozen cryogenic patient in his bid to escape cancer. He's still out there today, so why not Disney?
The official report says that Disney was cremated, and his ashes are interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California alongside many famous entertainers. Nonetheless, the idea of a frozen Disney just waiting for science to reanimate him has captivated more than one musician, and here are our four favorite songs on the subject.
We might as well use Immortal Technique to debunk another Disney myth while we're here. IT makes a subtle nod in his lyrics to Disney being a virulent racist (Racism frozen in time like Walt Disney), but there's not really much evidence for it. Most of this old load of bullshit comes from a bad hatchet job biography by Marc Elliot called Walt Disney: Hollywood's Dark Prince.
OK, back to the frozen head. Schnauser from Bristol, England are all over the place stylistically, but they definitely have a sense of whimsy. Somewhere between the Kinks and the Beatles they spin a wonderful, almost Pixar-worthy scenario illustrating the posthumous adventures of Walt's noggin.
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Weezer's Rivers Cuomo laid down this demo back before Weezer was born. It's a good little track that uses Disney's frozen corpse as a metaphor for a heart-sick lover left behind. We're not sure if that's a good way to get a girl back, though considering the kind of girls we usually hang out with comparing ourselves to a famous corpse would probably significantly increase our sexual cachet.
OK, we don't know for sure that this song from Under Triple Moons is about Disney's head, and as far as we're aware nobody has ever asked Edward Ka-Spel one way or another (Though you can be sure we will if we ever get to talk to him again). No one lyric tips the scale for us, just the overall impression of a brilliant, but troubled man who ultimately seeks safety in the refrigerator. Also, it's easily the poppiest song the Dots ever did!