When at the end of 1929 the young
Walt Disney (1901–1966) was offered to create a comic book based on his short animated films about a mouse, the artist was no longer
newbie. As a teenager, he began publishing humorous magazines
drawings. In 1917 during the First
World War II young man served in France: drove a Red Cross ambulance. In 1918, Walt Disney
returned to the USA, entered Chicago Continue reading
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
Due to money problems, Disney Studios moved from Hyperion Avenue to Buena Vista in Burbank, where it still remains today. In the early 1940s, the studio completed work on the full-length films Pinocchio, Fantasy, Dumbo, Bambi, Hello Friends!
Since 1941, Disney has been producing propaganda videos to raise patriotic spirit and mobilize the population: educational cartoons for soldiers (Camouflage, Stop the Tank), as well as commercials that make fun and demonize the Nazis (Death Training), encouraging you to save money and donate them to the war (“Donald’s Decision”, “The Saving Pig”, “The Spirit of 1943”) or volunteered to go to the front (“Donald goes to the army”).
Walt Disney demonstrates to Major General William Porter a gas mask project for children, 1942 Continue reading