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The Dream Factory | Teeny Manolo

The Dream Factory

Abigail Breslin as a Fairy

This is a shot of Abigail Breslin, star of Little Miss Sunshine, from the beautiful Annie Leibowitz’s series of Celebrity Fairy Tales (no, not “They are happily married” or “She’s clean and sober”) shot for Disney. The House of the Mouse may range far from its origin in children’s entertainment sometimes, but when they come back to what they do best, they always seem to do it pretty darn well. And in this case, they’re doing good, too (see Mauswitz, Duckau, and other such endearing aliases for the unbeloved corporate behemoth that is the Disney conglomerate).

Fossilized FairyFairies, particularly, are in desperate need of a PR boost right about now, and here comes Disney to the rescue. After nearly a century of being fobbed off as ridiculous, amateurish hoaxes perpetrated upon aging sentimentalists, suddenly the tide is turning. First the emergence of the Fairy Fossils, then the actual Mummified Fairy Remains which were then made available to scientific researchers via eBay, and now the stunning new photographic proof in the Natural History Museum of the UK; it is clear that, just as the Twentieth Century was the Age of Progress, so the Twenty-First Century is becoming the Age of Fairies.

I for one welcome our new ethereal overlords.

Fairy and meerkats

3 Responses to “The Dream Factory”

  1. Glinda November 1, 2007 at 11:41 am #

    The Glinda household loves Disney, and I like the whole series that Ms. Leibowitz shot, she did a great job.

  2. raincoaster November 1, 2007 at 6:54 pm #

    She’s not been on top form for several years now, but these and the portrait of the Queen redeem her in my eyes. She has the chops, no question. And as we’ve seen a bajillion times, it’s not common for celebrity photographers to shoot children in a way that is appropriate to their age: this is a laudable exception.