" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

May 28, 2023

Treasure Island, Steamboat Willie, Disney and the Public Domain?☠🚒

Having read
Robert Louis Stevenson's book 'Treasure Island' recently I tried finding a bootleg free copy of Disney's 1950 version of the book, but to no avail, unless I wanted to risk going to some dubious internet links to watch it.
Was Treasure Island Based on a True Story from History?⛵πŸπŸ“–☠
I gave in and took a month-by-month subscription to the Disney+ streaming service to watch it and a few other shows while I have the subscription.
At least now I can check out the Star Wars spinoff Disney series 'The Mandalorian' while I have the subscription.
Watching that 1950 Disney Treasure Island movie intrigued me as to what happened to Bobby Discoll, the young actor who played Jim Hawkins in the movie who warned Billy Bones about the dangers of Rum drinking.
On March 30, 1968, two boys playing in a deserted East Village tenement at 371 East 10th Street found Driscoll's body lying on a cot, with two empty beer bottles and religious pamphlets scattered on the ground. A post mortem examination determined that he had died from heart failure caused by advanced atherosclerosis from his drug use. No identification was on the body, and photos shown around the neighborhood yielded no positive identification. His unclaimed body was buried in an unmarked pauper's grave in New York City's Potter's Field on Hart Island.
Late in 1969, Driscoll's mother sought the help of officials at Disney studios to contact him, for a hoped-for reunion with his father, who was nearing death. This resulted in a fingerprint match at the New York City Police Department, which located his burial on Hart Island. Although his name appears on his father's gravestone at Eternal Hills Memorial Park in Oceanside, California, his remains are still on Hart Island. In connection with the re-release of Song of the South in 1971, reporters researching the whereabouts of the film's star first reported his death.
I find it ironic that
Disney has made its fortune from stories they found in the public domain and then also bought out works 'Monopoly Game' style from other studios and writers but defend their own creations vigorously when it comes to copyright and the public domain.
The Original Monopoly Game Board is Based on Atlantic City?πŸ’°πŸ§πŸ’Έ
‘Steamboat Willie’ Will Become
Public Domain as the Character Turns 95

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