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Disney remembers a different 'Alamo' [Hugh Hewitt on Hollywood's latest project to redefine America]
www.worldnetdaily.com ^ | February 26, 2003 | Hugh Hewitt

Posted on 02/26/2003 3:13:27 AM PST by RonDog


WND Exclusive Commentary
Disney remembers a different 'Alamo'

Posted: February 26, 2003
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2003 WorldNetDaily.com
Given Hollywood's current anti-war, ant-military, anti-thinking stances, I suppose it was only a matter of time before it came for Davey Crockett. But who would have imagined it was Disney that would lead the charge against the legend?

What would Walt say?

Monday's Los Angeles Times carried a front-page story on "The Alamo," Disney's in-production blockbuster scheduled for release this Christmas. The key paragraphs:

"'We're making sure all viewpoints are expressed,' said Disney Studios Chairman Richard Cook. 'You have to stay away from the stereotypes and not make broad judgments of any group.'"

"This time Crockett, played by Billy Bob Thorton, is depicted as a frightened wanderer struggling to match his larger-than-life reputation for exploits that never occurred ..."

"'It would be really hard to do something rah-rah jingoistic, patriotic,' [director John Lee] Hancock said in an interview. A sometimes 'messy and confusing' portrait of the motivations behind the conflict, he insisted, 'is much better that the white-vs.-brown version, which by the way, is completely inaccurate.'"

"One of the thornier issues in the various scripts produced so far has been Crockett's death, a subject of controversy since it occurred in 1836. Persistent lore, bitterly disputed by the famous Tennessean's fans, held that Crockett, rather than fighting to death, was executed after begging for his life."

In 1995, a North Carolina State professor, James Crisp, made an argument that an eyewitness account, written in prison by a Lt. Col. Jose Enrique de la Pena, was authentic and that the account had Crockett executed on Gen. Santa Ana's orders. Others dispute that, and brand the prison diary a forgery. This is the stuff of academic history, and the predictable arguments will rage forever. And into such conversations between scholars, agenda-driven directors are free to dive.

Director Hancock is free to choose between accounts, of course, but the choice he makes is a statement not about what happened at the Alamo, but about what he and Disney thinks America in 2003 ought to think about the Alamo, and about the virtues or sins of the men who defended it. This early report from the Times is not promising.

The desire to wreck the outline of history that serves the idea that America, for all its flaws, was honorably conceived and built is powerful among those who find profit in affecting disaffection. Pop singer Paula Cole just let rip with an anti-Bush song that includes the hilarious line "what about us folks who live hand to mouth ..." This is the sort of pose that passes for thought in modern entertainment circles, and it is a far cry from Jimmy Stewart marching off to join the Air Force, which he did even before Pearl Harbor was bombed – before, in other words, the threat had been made so clear as to be impossible to ignore. (Stewart entered as a private and rose to the rank of colonel during the war, earning the Air Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Croix de Guerre and 7 battle stars.)

The anti-Bush crowd argues that it isn't anti-American, just anti-war or anti-W. They casually repeat the blood libel that "it is all about the oil," and they are patient with a brutal dictator that has murdered hundreds of thousands. To indulge such fantasies is to ignore the entire history of our country, and to attribute to their fellow citizens the worst sort of evil. This is not easily done against the backdrop of American anti-imperialism and genuine idealism, the record of withdrawal from Iraq in 1991 or of reconstruction of Germany and Japan. In order to construct a picture of present-day American malevolence, it is necessary to deconstruct the understanding of the American past that makes such claims absurd.

So the project to redefine America moves backward even as it moves forward. There is no conspiracy, of course, only a mindset rooted in thin education and a desire for attention. There is no blueprint, only a shared attitude that finds thrill in Oliver Stone's fevers and inspiration in Susan Sarandon's rants.

A couple of years ago, during one of the last meals I shared with Col. Bill Barber, retired from the United States Marine Corps, and a Medal of Honor recipient for his heroism at the Chosin Reservoir, I had a glimpse of the real deal's view of the posers. Disney's "Pearl Harbor" had just been released, and I asked the colonel if he had seen it. "I knew Jimmy Doolittle," he said, "and I am not going to see any movie that has Jimmy Doolittle played by Alec Baldwin."

The colonel didn't elaborate, nor did he need to. When Hollywood celebrates the genuine courage and sacrifice of the military that secured for it the freedom within which artistic license flourishes, the public responds. See: "Saving Private Ryan," and "The Patriot." When the politics of the left creep in, the public stays home. When Disney's "The Alamo" appears in December, the box office will once again reflect the political choices currently being made. You have to wonder if the shareholders are watching.




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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: alamo; christianlife; davycrockett; disney; hughhewitt
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1 posted on 02/26/2003 3:13:28 AM PST by RonDog
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To: JohnHuang2
ping
2 posted on 02/26/2003 3:15:43 AM PST by RonDog
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To: RonDog
More disney destruction.
3 posted on 02/26/2003 3:28:36 AM PST by Spirited
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To: RonDog
You watch these award shows and you see a whole theater full of people sharing the same thought. Where else will you get the whole crowd doing that? It seems that celebrites are not allowed to have a different thought. In that whole theater there is not one person that thinks differently? Maybe they are afraid to stray from the party line. Is that McCarthyism? Is that communisim?
4 posted on 02/26/2003 3:35:29 AM PST by patj
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To: RonDog
Walt's hitting about 5000 RPM in his cryo-tube right now...
5 posted on 02/26/2003 3:37:21 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (where is Scotty Moore when we need him most?)
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To: RonDog
See also Hugh's column today in the Weekly Standard:
Too Much Information
[Hugh Hewitt: Some homeland security questions are better left unanswered]

www.weeklystandard.com ^ | February 26, 2003 | Hugh Hewitt
Posted on 02/26/2003 3:29 AM PST by RonDog

Too Much Information
When it comes to homeland security, some questions are better left unanswered and some scenarios left unexplored.

by Hugh Hewitt
02/26/2003 12:00:00 AM

Hugh Hewitt, contributing writer

FROM THE MOMENT listeners realized that terrorism had come to America, callers to my radio program have wanted to discuss various terrorism scenarios. Invariably the conversation begins, "If I was a terrorist, here's how I'd paralyze the country . . ."
CLICK HERE for more

6 posted on 02/26/2003 3:42:30 AM PST by RonDog
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To: RonDog; xm177e2; mercy; Wait4Truth; hole_n_one; GretchenEE; Clinton's a rapist; buffyt; ...

Hugh Hewitt MEGA PING!!


7 posted on 02/26/2003 3:43:45 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: doug from upland; ALOHA RONNIE; DLfromthedesert; PatiPie; flamefront; onyx; SMEDLEYBUTLER; Irma; ...
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"'We're making sure all viewpoints are expressed,' said Disney Studios Chairman Richard Cook. 'You have to stay away from the stereotypes and not make broad judgments of any group.'"

"This time Crockett, played by Billy Bob Thorton, is depicted as a frightened wanderer struggling to match his larger-than-life reputation for exploits that never occurred ..."

"'It would be really hard to do something rah-rah jingoistic, patriotic,' [director John Lee] Hancock said in an interview..." - Hugh Hewitt

See also "something rah-rah jingoistic, patriotic" - from http://www.fiftiesweb.com/tv/davy-crockett.htm:
Davy Crockett

"Davy Crockett Indian Fighter" 12/15/54
"Davy Crockett Goes to Congress" 1/26/55
"Davy Crockett At the Alamo" 2/23/55
"Davy Crockett's Keelboat Race" 11/16/55
"Davy Crockett and the River Pirates" 12/14/55

Produced as part of Walt Disney Studios under the Disneyland banner

Davy Crockett Cast

Fess Parker as Davy Crockett
Buddy Ebsen as George Russel

Fess Parker
Fess Parker

Davy Crockett Theme Song

"Ballad of Davy Crockett"
Words by George Bruns and Lyrics by Tom Blackburn
Performed by Bill Hayes
Click Here for Lyrics

Davy Crockett Tidbits

This could rightly be called the first miniseries of all time. Under the Walt Disney banner, Davy captured the hearts of both young and old. The show was also a merchandising pioneer as coonskin caps sold like hotcakes. About 100 million dollars worth. The idea of selling tie-ins from a show is accepted practice now but it wasn't back then!

What's curious about this is that Davy Crockett was only a five feature Frontierland adventure which aired as part of Disneyland.

Davy Crockett, Fess Parker
Fess Parker
From the Doug Abbott Collection

The first three episodes were:
"Davy Crockett Indian Fighter" 12/15/54
"Davy Crockett Goes to Congress" 1/26/55
"Davy Crockett At the Alamo" 2/23/55

Now as any student of history knows, Davy at the Alamo kind of boxed Disney into a corner because that's where his tale ends. So they had to go back and make episodes about his earlier exploits. Which were:
"Davy Crockett's Keelboat Race" 11/16/55
"Davy Crockett and the River Pirates" 12/14/55

Davy Crockett never got a series of his own.

Fess Parker portrayed both Davy Crockett and later Daniel Boone on TV. Many historians feel that this caused a permanent blurring of the two real life men into one entity forever making each less distinct.

Fess Parker now runs the Fess Parker Winery where you can buy a coonskin cap!

Davy Crockett - Fess Parker
Fess Parker
If you listen to Hugh Hewitt, or read his WND commentaries,
this PING list is for YOU!

Please post your comments, and BUMP!

(If you want OFF - or ON - my "Hugh Hewitt PING list" - please let me know)

8 posted on 02/26/2003 4:18:36 AM PST by RonDog
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To: RonDog
The real, one and only!

Davy was only one of Andy Jackson's agents in the plot to separate Tejas from Mexico, the same plot that landed Aaron Burr in the soup with one president was carried to fruition by another.

9 posted on 02/26/2003 4:19:41 AM PST by metesky (My retirement fund is holding steady @ $.05 a can)
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To: RonDog
Haha! You beat me to ol' Fess...
10 posted on 02/26/2003 4:20:57 AM PST by metesky (My retirement fund is holding steady @ $.05 a can)
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To: RonDog
BOYCOTT DISNEY: a vortex of seductive evil™
11 posted on 02/26/2003 4:26:07 AM PST by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: RonDog
this must be the article we spoke about here
12 posted on 02/26/2003 4:33:12 AM PST by The Wizard (Demonrats are enemies of America)
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To: RonDog
Be Sure to check out our Comments on .."The ALAMO".. Fansite:

.. http://www.TheAlamoFILM.com ..
13 posted on 02/26/2003 4:37:20 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRay.com)
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To: RonDog
"This time Crockett, played by Billy Bob Thorton, is depicted as a frightened wanderer struggling to match his larger-than-life reputation for exploits that never occurred ..."

Yea... they'll have him wearing a dress at the end trying to sneak out. HA!

A few years back, some goombah came out with a book that said the only reason Bowie and Crockett stayed in the Alamo was because they had hid a huge load of treasure there!

14 posted on 02/26/2003 4:42:22 AM PST by johnny7 (Make sure you're right... then, go ahead. -David Crockett)
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To: RonDog
...Don't miss outstanding...

.."WE WERE SOLDIERS".. Forum at:

http://www.TheAlamoFILM.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=8
15 posted on 02/26/2003 4:42:46 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRay.com)
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To: metesky
...Walt Disney's DAVY CROCKETT =

...An American Hero

...Michael Eisner's DAVY CROCKETT =

...An American Anti-Hero

as poor Ol'Walt just rows right on over in his grave about this "Little Number"..!!!
16 posted on 02/26/2003 4:46:33 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRay.com)
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To: johnny7
They WILL get some ACTIVE opposition in TEXAS! WE don't like people displaying a lack of respect for the Alamo.

This isn't anti-american....its anti-TEXAS. Lets secede and leave it to 'em.

17 posted on 02/26/2003 4:48:31 AM PST by cb
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
In the fifties when the kids on our block would act out the latest Fess Parker/Crockett episode, the other kids had their coonskin caps and official Disney paraphenalia but I had my father's old drilling rifle from Boston Latin's Jr. ROTC, a "Brown Bess" type flintlock with a wooden barrel and the trigger and hammer removed.

Guess who was top dog...

18 posted on 02/26/2003 4:55:33 AM PST by metesky (My retirement fund is holding steady @ $.05 a can)
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To: metesky
Haha! You beat me to ol' Fess...
Actually, there was ANOTHER "Davy Crockett" - the [almost] REAL one, from ths semi-apocryphal [sort of] true story:
Not Yours to Give
personal archives ^ | Provided as courtesy by Charles Starr for Congress
Posted on 01/23/2002 9:15 AM PST by Chapita
One day in the House of Representatives, a bill was taken up appropriating money for the benefit of the widow of a distinguished naval officer. Several beautiful speeches had been made in its support. The Speaker was just about to put the question when Mr. Crockett arose:

"Mr. Speaker - I have as much respect for the memory of the deceased, and as much sympathy for the suffering of the living, if suffering there be, as any man in this house, but we must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for a part of the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living. I will not go into an argument to prove that Congress has no power to appropriate this money as an act of charity. Every member upon this floor knows it. We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please to charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of the public money. Some eloquent appeals have been made to us upon the ground that it is a debt due the deceased. Mr. Speaker, the deceased lived long after the close of the war; he was in office to the day of his death, and I have never heard that the government was in arrears to him.

"Every man in this House knows it is not a debt. We cannot, without the grossest corruption, appropriate this money as the payment of a debt. We have not the semblance of authority to appropriate it as charity. Mr. Speaker, I have said we have the right to give as much money of our own as we please. I am the poorest man on this floor. I cannot vote for this bill, but I will give one week's pay to the object, and, if every member of Congress will do the same, it will amount to more than the bill asks."

He took his seat. Nobody replied. The bill was put upon its passage, and, instead of passing unanimously, as was generally supposed, and as, not doubt, it would but for that speech, it received but few votes, and of course was lost.

Later, when asked by a friend why he had opposed the appropriation, Crockett gave this explanation...

CLICK HERE for a LONG thread where we explore the documentation for this alleged event in GREAT detail

19 posted on 02/26/2003 4:57:26 AM PST by RonDog
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To: RonDog; Sabertooth; Clinton Is Scum; Joy Angela; Lexington Green; Landru; ...
See:

'ALAMO Legend, Take 2' = L.A. Times

http://www.TheAlamoFILM.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=729
20 posted on 02/26/2003 4:58:35 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRay.com)
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