Tag Archives: The Walt Disney Company

Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, great compositions/performances


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this day in th eyesteryear: First Mickey Mouse Comic Strip Released (1930)


First Mickey Mouse Comic Strip Released (1930)

Mickey Mouse’s first incarnation of sorts was as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, created by Walt Disney for Universal Studios. After Universal threatened to cut Disney’s budget, Disney reorganized his studio and created Mickey to keep his company afloat. Mickey was rather mischievous in early cartoons but later evolved into a well-meaning everyman. Today, he is one of the most recognizable cartoon characters in the world. What did Disney call his cartoon mouse before his wife suggested “Mickey”? More… Discuss

Who Framed Roger Rabbit


Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 film that combines animation and live action. It is set in 1947 in a fictionalized Hollywood where animated characters live and work alongside humans. At the time of its release, the film was one of the most expensive ever made, costing $70 million, but it earned more than $150 million at the US box office alone. It is now seen as a groundbreaking film that sparked a new era in American animation. What Academy Awards did it win? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Disneyland Opens in Anaheim, California (1955)


Disneyland Opens in Anaheim, California (1955)

Having welcomed more than 650 million visitors since its opening, Disneyland is perhaps the world’s most famous themed amusement park. Walt Disney’s original plans called for a modest park to be built on eight acres (3.2 hectares) near Disney Studios. A much more ambitious Disneyland opened to invited guests and the media on July 17, 1955, a year after construction had begun. The day’s events did not go smoothly, prompting Disney to later refer to it as “Black Sunday.” What went wrong? More… Discuss

‘It took a Hundred years to grow and just 10 minutes to cut me down!’ (greenpeace)


‘It took a Hundred years to grow and just 10 minutes to cut me down!’ (greenpeace)

 

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Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal – St. Olaf Choir



2013 Winter Tour, Pasadena, CA.

 

Today’s Birthday: Ub Iwerks (1901), who helped build the Land Of Disney (aka Disney’s Empire)


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Ub Iwerks (1901)

After starting an unsuccessful art studio with Walt Disney, Iwerks continued working on film animation until Disney brought him to Hollywood in 1923 to help draw Alice in Cartoonland. Together, Disney and Iwerks created Mickey Mouse—drawn by Iwerks, with Disney providing the voice. Iwerks went on to develop many special effects for animated movies, winning Academy Awards in 1959 and 1965 for his technical contributions to motion pictures. What other cartoon characters did Iwerks create? More… Discuss