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The Evolution of Walt Disney's Animation

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Grace Umaña

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Animation The Evolution of Walt Disney's " I hope that we never lose sight of one thing
that it was all started by a mouse. " - Walt Disney, Disneyland October 27, 1954 Though Mickey Mouse is Walt Disney’s most iconic animated character and the trademark of his company, his first recognized cartoon character was "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit", that he created short films for Universal Pictures in 1927. But after being in a financial dispute, Universal took all owning rights to the Oswald trademark, and Disney left and went off to develop a new character that would soon end up being, Mickey Mouse. by: Grace Umaña Try to imagine a world without Walt Disney...
A world without his magic, or his whimsical and unique characters. During his career, Disney transformed the entertainment and film industry, into the modern American art we know today. He pioneered the fields of animation, and found new ways to teach, and educate.
His worldwide popularity is based upon the ideals of what he is: imagination, creation, and optimism. Walt Disney's optimism came from his ability to see the entire picture. His views and visions came from the fond memories of the past, and persistence for the future. Disney didn't give technology to us piece by piece, but rather he connected it to his ongoing mission of making life more enjoyable, and fun.
Walt Disney's self-made success in the American tradition established himself and his innovations as a genuine part of America, making Disney legendary. He changed history in the 20th century. He brought us closer to the future, while telling us of the past. Walt Disney's legacy will live forever because of the extraordinary mind that he had, because as he once said, - Walt Disney, Ch.3 : Imagination Unlimited, p. 63 By 1928, not only had Disney lost the Oswald trademark, but much of his staff was hired away to Universal Pictures as well. Disney asked Ub Iwerks, who stayed on, to start brainstorming new character ideas. Ub Iwerks eventually found inspiration from an old drawing. The drawing inspired Ub Iwerks to create a new mouse character for Disney. Walt Disney wanted to name his new creation Mortimer Mouse, but his wife Lillian Marie thought the name was too pretentious, so she suggested he change it to Mickey Mouse which he did, and so the story of Disney's success begins. Mickey Mouse appeared in many short films created by Walt Disney. In his third short film and probably most famous,"Steamboat Willie" was notable for being one of the first cartoons with synchronized sound. Mickey Mouse had become a sensational success for Walt Disney, and Mickey began to gain the popularity that he has today. The short's original release date, November 18, 1928 became Mickey and Minnie Mouse's official birthdays. Here is a few drawings that were originally made for Mickey Mouse. A humorous drawing showing the difference in development for Mickey. Mickey frequently said, "gosh!", "hotdog!", and "golly!". After the success and distribution of "Steamboat Willie", Mickey Mouse's, as well as Walt Disney's career skyrocketed by the 1930's. Disney continued to produce more short films like "Silly Symphonies", and "Flowers and Trees". The use of technicolor in "Flowers and Trees" led Walt Disney into winning the first Academy Award for Animated Short Films, creating a new category. During his 43-year Hollywood career, Walt Disney won a total of 22 Oscars along with 4 honorary Oscars, more than any individual in Academy Award history. "The Mickey audience is not made up of people; it has no racial, national, political, religious or social differences or affiliations; the Mickey audience is made up of parts of people, of that deathless, precious, ageless, absolutely primitive remnant of something in every world-wracked human being which makes us play with children’s toys and laugh without self-consciousness at silly things, and sing in bathtubs, and dream and believe that our babies are uniquely beautiful. You know…the Mickey in us." - Walt Disney The Golden Age of Animation Although Walt Disney's studio was prospering abundantly, Disney wanted to go further in the animation field and so he began plans for a full-length feature in 1934. When the rest of the film industry learned of Disney’s plans to produce an animated feature-length version of Snow White, they dubbed the project "Disney’s Folly" and were certain that the project would destroy the Disney studio. Even members of Disney's family told him to back down from this project, but Disney followed his intuition and "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" became the first full-length in color animated feature in motion picture history produced in America. The more and more Walt Disney progressed, the more he marked history. Walt Disney introducing the seven dwarfs. "for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, recognized as a significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field for the motion picture cartoon." Walt Disney winning his second honorary Oscar presented by Shirley Temple, for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". The seven miniature statuettes represent the dwarfs in the film. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", 1937 "Pinocchio", 1940 "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" became a phenomenal creation, and and so Walt Disney began to produce more animated films in his career.
Films such as: and the wonderful world of color "Mickey Mouse" through the ages. "The Jungle Book", 1967 "Bambi", 1942 "Cinderella" 1950 It has been 46 years since the death of Walt Disney, yet his work countinues to inspire and entertain his audiences. From Mickey Mouse to The Jungle Book, Disneyland and beyond, Walt Disney touched the hearts of millions with his magic. Through good times and bad, including a brush with bankruptcy during World War II, Walt remained a driven innovator and perfectionist behind studio gates and caring family man at home to his wife and two daughters. His legacy will forever remain is his devotion to films, as well as his devotion to life. So I ask you again, can you imagine a world without Walt Disney? The answer for most people is, impossible. The name it's self is a name that is part of our culture. Whether you feel as you grew up with Disney or not, it's still apart of an American tradition. For some children, Disney movies were one of their fondest memories. In the 1950's, children sat around their television set to watch "The Mickey Mouse Club". Today, children watch the televison network, "Disney Channel". Even after his death, Walt Disney is still entertaining us. His work, and pioneering has inspired other creative thinkers and animators to continue where he left off. Even though you may have not grown up with Disney films like, "Dumbo", "Lady and the Tramp", or "Marry Poppins", Walt Disney films still effect your childhood because he is an inspiration to others. His films will let you believe that magical and extraordinary things can happen in your life, and to never, ever stop believing in your dreams. because as he once said himself: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Bibliography: http://beehivehairdresser.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/bambi.jpg
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