Walt Disney was obsessed with death. So, at least, his biographers often say, linking the numerous – and tragic – deaths of animals in Disney films to a traumatic episode from the childhood of Disney himself. In the late 1900s, when Walt was either seven or eight years old, he killed an owl. Suffering in the wilderness of Missouri from the loneliness and beatings of his father, Walt dreamed of a pet, and the dream almost came true when one day in the dark thickets of the garden he discovered a half-sleeping owl and dragged her home. Crazy from daylight, the bird suddenly attacked Walt, and he, either frightened or angry, trampled the owl to death. The event was a turning point in Walt’s life: “It seems that after that owl, tenderness for animals arose in me.” Tenderness, which was subsequently monetized. Continue reading
Walt Disney died December 15, 1966. The next five years, the company was led by his brother Roy. He renamed the upcoming Disney World amusement park into the Walt Disney World, paying tribute to his brother, under whose management the company had reached its peak.
Roy ordered to complete the films Walt worked on during his lifetime: in 1967, the animated film The Jungle Book and the musical The Happiest Millionaire were released.
In the late 1960s, Disney released the Volkswagen Beetle and Computer wore tennis shoes comedies, the first of which received the title of the highest grossing picture in 1969. Continue reading
Walt Disney tried to start his own business back in 1922 – then he opened the animation studio Laugh-O-Gram Films in Kansas City. For her, he hired the first workers, including the artist Ab Ab Iverks, whom he met at a previous hired job.
Together they made a series of animated films “Alice’s Comedies” – the main role was a real girl (Virginia Davis), who was placed in a cartoon universe. Laugh-O-Gram Films sold several other Pictorial Films cartoons, but in 1923 the latter went bankrupt and Disney companies stopped receiving orders.
Studio Laugh-O-Gram Films had to close. But Alice’s Comedies weren’t closed: Disney sent out a pilot release to several distributors.
A pilot issue called Alice’s Wonderland (1923). The first episode of Alice’s Comedies, shot by Laugh-O- Continue reading