Walt Disney considered himself a genius and a visionary. Studio staff considered him a tyrant. And, no matter how hard Disney tried to present his studio as a happy family, it was clear that the family had problems: on the one hand, he really wanted the staff to call him Walt at home, on the other, when it turned out that many of them can’t get used to the treatment by name, he simply began to threaten dismissal for the word “boss”. At first, all this seemed somewhat charming eccentricity, but while working on the first full-length film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, totalitarian manners developed into banal exploitation.
The idea of making a full-length cartoon in the mid-1930s seemed wild even to the studio’s directorate: everyone was sure that the audience could not stand the hour and a half of animation. Walt thought differently and forced everyone to get involved in an enterprise that took three years and a record $ 1.5 Continue reading