When reading about Walt Disney and the growth of his studio, I felt inspired by the overwhelming history of how his animations came to be and how his ideas inspired many of our great cartoons today. Walt Disney wanted to keep his own distance when he was describing animation as a “copy of reality”. Instead he called it “Plausible impossibility”, meaning a reasonable state or fact of the idea being impossible (Stated in the New Oxford American Dictionary). When I read this I couldn’t help but wonder why he thought that this whole this was a impossible reason, but in the end i guess that Disney was trying to challenge his own logic into actually creating something and bringing it to life.
Throughout his life time, Disney created countless films and animations. In 1922, Disney found himself collaborating with Laugh-O-Gram Films after animating with UB Iwerks, who was the chief animator and first creator of our modern day hero Mickey Mouse, at Kansas City Film Ad Company where they created the stories of Puss in Boots and Cinderella. During 1923, after Walt Disney had to file for bankruptcy, he left to Hollywood with the intentions of leaving cinematography and animation. Disney then created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit as the first living main character. In 1927, Universal Pictures made some changes of the character throughout the years and later gave it to Walter Lantz. After Disney had a disagreement with Charles B. Mintz, who was the contract owner to all of the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit animations, Disney sketched the small mouse we know as Mickey Mouse. Mickey’s first short film was “Plane Crazy” where it stared him and his fiancé Minnie Mouse. Disney later saw some potential for sound and set up a synchronization system for another animation called “Steamboat Willie” in November of 1928. Throughout Walt Disney’s career, he won 30 Oscars and won 11 of them by the year of 1943. He then passed away on December 15th of 1966.
After Disney’s recent death, many animators saw themselves following in his footsteps and moving from the East coast to the West. By the end of the 1930’s, Paul Terry, an american cartoonist and famous film producer in history, was the only animator to keep his studio in the East. Most animators were influenced by the mainstream of media. Several animations shorts were either of parodies of famous film scenes and others of current stars in film and television. Animation shorts did not reflect Roosevelt’s years of presidency since times were dominated by economic crisis, social demands, and international isolationism. Many old time animators gave up their seats for the artistically gifted newcomers because characters that were being developed for comic strips were now being designed specifically for the needs of animation. Companies departmentalized labor to get specific tasks done. Thank you Walt Disney for disproving your belief and making a new generation.