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The Legend of Walter Elias Disney
Walt Disney - the father of the Disney animation studio - is recognized worldwide for his dedication to the film production industry. He has contributed to mankind’s countless innovations in making new types of movies, bringing each animated character to life with rhythmic movements and vivid sound effects.
Although love and happiness are two factors that contribute to the Disney brand, the founder's own childhood did not have those two factors. Walt Disney's childhood was a series of days when his father was often beaten by his father. Walt and his brother suffered many beatings from their father every time they did something wrong.
To escape his father's brutality, Walt began to paint. The colorful pens quickly became familiar items of the young boy. Under Walt's writing, life is no longer harsh and dismal, but instead is filled with love and pleasure - this is the world in which Walt hopes to one day reside.
Walt's daily activities revolved around boxes of crayons until the outbreak of World War I. Walt was 16 years old at the time, joined the Red Cross, and was sent to France to fight. The process of working in the army, many times standing between the boundary of life and death made him love and appreciate life more. Walt still dreams of creating a happy world, but all he can do is draw.
After the war, Walt moved to Kansas City, Missouri, and worked at the advertising animation production company Film Ad Co. Working here gave Walt many valuable lessons. The young man is fascinated by the colorful cartoon characters that can move. From this moment on, Walt wanted to create his own characters.
The first step was to turn his garage into a studio for Walt to unleash his creativity. From the original borrowed equipment, Walt produced animated short films. The first product brings the pride and happiness of the young manufacturer.
However, it was nearly impossible for Walt to convince theater owners to release his films. In the midst of the film market with countless carefully invested products at that time, Walt quickly failed. As a result of the constant loss, Walt had to sell his apartment, live in his office, and sleep on the cold bench. At that time, he had to do everything to survive.
Walt came up with the idea of creating a character based on the image of a mouse that lived with him in his office in Kansas City. "A specific mouse assisted me in cleaning up leftovers while I slept; our connection went beyond that of great friends, and it inspired me to start a film production firm in my name," Walt explained.
Mickey Mouse, a beloved companion of millions of youngsters all around the world, was created right here.
In 1955, Disneyland park was born, quickly becoming a tourist attraction. Dubbed the happiest place in the world, Disneyland is the embodiment of things Walt has dreamed of in the past. Disneyland became a child's dream, giving Walt more than a million dollars in revenue.
Not satisfied with what he has, Walt wanted to expand this wonderful world for all children to enjoy, so he bought more land near Orlando to build the Walt Disney World kingdom. The work is the whole heart of a talented film producer. Unfortunately, Walt has yet to see Walt Disney World complete when he died at the age of 65 from lung cancer.
Throughout his life, Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse were considered deeply influential icons of American culture. Currently, each film produced in the Disney studio is accompanied by the founder's own signature and is welcomed and loved by millions of people around the world.
After the success of the film about Snow White, in turn, other long films such as Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi ... were born, capturing the hearts of millions of world audiences.
Not only the productions of feature-length films, but Walt also made animated films in the form of documentaries such as "Treasure Island", "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea". Soon after, a series of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse appeared, making Walt's name stronger. Thanks to his contributions to the animation industry, Walt is highly respected and respected by Hollywood film critics.
During his work, Walt dreamed of setting up a park where the characters he created could live happily.
An interesting history of the formation and development of Walt Disney Pictures
Toddler steps and first life lessons
The first place Walt Disney chose as a destination was Kansas, where he made his first animated film. The film tells the story of a little girl lost in a magical wonderland. The movie is called Alice's in Wonderland. This was an experimental film before Walt Disney decided to sell a series of Alice comedies to distributors.
Success quickly came to him when in California, a distributor from New York - MJ Winkler officially decided to sign a contract to distribute Alice comedy films on October 16, 1923. This is considered a column. landmark for the beginnings of the Disney company. It was originally known as Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, consisting of Walt Disney and his brother, Roy. Then, at Roy's suggestion, they decided to take Walt Disney Pictures as the official name of the studio so far.
Walt Disney made the Alice comedies for four years, in 1927 he decided to refresh it and make it into a full-fledged animated film. But he discovered that the distributor had gone behind the scenes and licensed the Oswald cartoons to his own studio. Walt Disney was robbed of his brains, creativity as well as artistic products by the distributor himself. This was seen as an expensive and painful lesson for young animator Walt Disney when Walt realized that he had not registered the rights to Oswald.
Rise up after failure
Originally, the Disney studio was located in the back half of a real estate office on Kingswell Avenue in Hollywood. But Walt quickly moved into an office next door and rented out the entire store to make his own studio. That small room was only enough for a few years. In the face of the growing growth of the company, it was no longer relevant. Walt was forced to look elsewhere. In 1926, he found an ideal location on Hyperion Avenue in Hollywood, he began building a new studio and moved his entire staff there.
At Hyperion Studio, Walt came up with a new character to replace Oswald, and that character was Mickey Mouse. Together with their lead animator, Ub Iwerks and Walt designed the image of a famous mouse with a friendly, lovable personality that everyone loves. So they created a third Mickey Mouse cartoon with the sound synchronized with the character's actions. For the first time, a new cartoon star was born, Mickey Mouse immediately became famous everywhere and followed by a series of Mickey Mouse cartoons one after another.
Business deals on the image of Mickey Mouse
As animated films became more and more popular in movie theaters, Disney employees realized that selling the characters would create a revenue stream for the studio. A New York merchant offered Walt $300 for a license to include Mickey Mouse in the booklets he was producing. That was the beginning of the commercialization of Disney characters. Soon, there were Mickey Mouse dolls, dishes, toothbrushes, radios, figurines - almost everything with an image of Mickey.
Ideas about Disneyland theme park
Walt Disney was never satisfied with what he accomplished. When his films and TV shows became successful, he always aspired to develop them. One of the ideas that flashed in his mind was an amusement park. After years of planning and construction, the new park officially opened on July 17, 1955.
Disneyland is a whole new kind of park. It was used as a model for every amusement park built after that. The park became famous around the world and attracts hundreds of millions of visitors every year to this day
Disneyland model continues to be expanded
After the success of Disneyland, the company continued to expand the Disneyland model on the East Coast of the United States. The Walt Disney World project in Florida is one of several large theme parks located on approximately 28,000 acres near Orlando. This second park opened on October 1, 1971. Walt Disney World includes not only a Magic Kingdom park, but also a hotel, a campground, a golf course, and a shopping mall. Immediately, Walt Disney World became the top vacation destination in the world to this day
Ups and downs and dreams of conquering the world
In the early 1980s, the advent of Moviemaking changed America with the birth of a series of other strong competitors. The number of audiences coming to Disney family movies has been severely reduced for many years. Disney can no longer compete with teen and adult films.
The period of recovery after the crisis
The new management team is looking for ways for Disney to maximize its assets. The studio decided to leave network television in 1983 to prepare for the launch of a new cable network called the Disney Channel. Disney began to move into new areas with Hollywood Pictures and the acquisition of episodes. Wrather Corp (owner of the Disneyland Hotel) and KHJ (Los Angeles) television station, later renamed KCAL by the company. In its business deals, Disney bought Childcraft and opened many very successful Disney Stores with huge profits.
Disney continued to promote the Disneyland model in France with the name Disneyland Paris which opened on April 12, 1992. The opening of the park attracted nearly 11 million visitors in its first year. In 1994, The Lion King was the next Disney movie to have the honor of becoming one of the highest-grossing films of all time.
The 2000s and the achievements of the new era
The year 2000 began with the release of an almost brand new version of Fantasia, Fantasia/2000, in IMAX theaters. Other animated classics such as The Emperor From New Groove, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Lilo & Stitch, Treasure Planet, and Brother Bear also provide huge revenue streams for the Disney family. Not stopping there, the studio continues to work with Pixar to bring an animated blockbuster called Monster Company - Monsters, Inc.
Walt Disney Company has succeeded in making its name a famous film production company in all fields and also reality TV and other forms of entertainment. Starting with a burning dream and a passionate heart, Disney is a testament to the constant efforts and change from the founders to the entire staff.
The 50th Anniversary of Disneyland on Earth
In 2005, Disneyland celebrated its 50th anniversary with a global event entitled "The Happiest Festival on Earth". Gathered at the California park where it all began, the party spread to all Disney parks, including Disney World in Florida.
Interesting facts in Disney movies
Legend of the Lion King
This is the first Disney animated film to be dubbed in Zulu, a popular language in South Africa and some neighboring countries. The names of the characters in the film are derived from another African language, Swahili. Accordingly, Simba means brave warrior, Nala is a gift, Shenzi is barbaric - rough, Pumbba is stupid, lazy, or careless, Rafiki is comrade or friend. And Mufasa, Simba's father, was the last king of the Bagada people, a people in Africa.
Unlike real life, Scar's lion villain always has sharp claws sticking out. In fact, the content of The Lion King is inspired by Shakespeare's play Hamlet and the Egyptian Osirian mythology, works in which his brother killed him for the right to take the throne.
The Little Mermaid's Ariel is the only princess to have children. That's little Melody in The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea. Like her mother, Melody is also a rebellious princess.
In Frozen, Anna is the first Disney princess to have a duet with the same villain, Prince Hans. The character Elsa is also the first non-teenage princess, she is 21 years old. The youngest Disney princess is Snow White, 14 years old.
Pocahontas’s character in the work of the same name is the only Disney princess to have a tattoo. This is a real character, the daughter of an Indian chief in the state of Virginia (USA). However, the story in the movie and in real life are almost completely different. In the film, 17-year-old Pocahontas falls in love with British adventurer John Smith. In fact, Pocahontas was 11 years old when he met Smith, now 28, and they weren't in love at all.
The princess with the fewest lines in Aurora of Sleeping Beauty (Sleeping Beauty) with a total of 18 lines.
A study by Brigham Young University (USA) showed that 22% of Disney villains are over 55 years old, 42% of older characters are portrayed negatively. Research also shows that this Disney tendency affects children's perceptions, making them think that adults are often grumpy and absent-minded.
Perhaps to limit discrimination, Disney had a sudden rejuvenation when building the character Hans in Frozen. This prince is the youngest Disney villain at the age of 23.
Other interesting things
When Beauty and the Beast were released in China, action star Jackie Chan was the one who voiced, spoke and sang, for the character Monster. At that time, Jackie Chan was still not famous in America.
In the movie 101 Dalmatians, there are a total of 6,469,952 black spots on the dogs. One feature of Disney is that it often takes this movie character as a "guest" in another movie. And the most pitiful "guest" is probably the lion Scar in The Lion King. The scar becomes the beast hunted by Hercules in the movie about this character.
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