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‘Taxi Driver’ Meets Disney In Clever Mash-Up

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“Are you talking to M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E?” Yes, it’s the ‘Taxi Driver’/Disney mash-up you probably didn’t ask for, but you’re going to get. Watch Robert De Niro’s famous Travis Bickle character at his most animated below.

So was that as “wholesomely disturbing” as advertised? What really struck us is how young De Niro and Cybill Shepherd looked in the 1976 Martin Scorsese film. (And Mickey, too.)

The filmmaker, Bryan Boyce, claims his inclusion of Disney characters in the clip constitutes Fair Use. But don’t be surprised if Disney’s famously aggressive legal team gets the parody pulled off the internet.

Since Boyce’s clever mash-up might not have such a long shelf life, we’ll reveal the ending. In the final shot, the bleak ’70s era Time Square of ‘Taxi Driver’ becomes a ‘Roger Rabbit’-esque ‘toon town. This should tickle New York residents, who have long called the removal of Times Square’s seedier elements the “Disney-fication” of the famous region.

Now how about ‘Raging Bambi’ for a follow-up?

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