CHARLES AND HIS RETRO DISNEYLAND SLIDE SHOW IN THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
Charles Phoenix slide show revisits early Disneyland
The humorist celebrates the 55th anniversary of the park with a retrospective compiled from found images.
By Karen Wada, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Charles Phoenix has learned a lot from Disneyland.
“I’m not Disney-obsessed, but I never discount the effect it had on me as a child,” says the pop-culture humorist and author, best known for blending comedy and commentary in shows based on other people’s family and vacation slides. “It helped make me a visual person in terms of recognizing motifs and themes. I like to say I studied at the Disneyland School of Style.”
It’s no surprise, then, that the Magic Kingdom is one of Phoenix‘s favorite subjects. The park often pops up in his pieces and has starred in a program of its own. “Wherever I go, it’s an easy sell because it’s an interesting place, has an interesting story and has touched so many of our lives.”
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