Friday, February 13, 2015

Who Cannot Say They Are A Disney Expert?

By Katina Brady

Nearly everyone in the entire world has grown up with Disney, watching cartoons on TV, movies in the cinema, characters on clothes and lunch-boxes and played with plushies and action figures. This means everyone is a Disney expert in their own right through their own experiences. All have opinions, specialist knowledge and fond memories.

The Disney brand is huge incorporating movie production, television channels, stores, specialised merchandise, performances, spectaculars and of course adventure resorts. It is likely that everyone has been in contact with the Disney brand at one time or another in their life.

Since the start of the twenty-first century Disney as a brand has sky-rocketed, opening numerous amusement parks and stores. Additionally the Muppets, the virtual world for kids, Club Penguin, Pixar Animation and Lucas Film and the Stars Wars brand have all been acquired by the Disney company. There is also a Disney cruise line with two ships, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy making their first journeys in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

The original studio was called the Disney Brothers and they signed their initial contract in 1923. It was not until 1928 that Mortimer Mouse, soon to be Mickey along with Minnie appeared in Steamboat Willie, which was in black and white. He became the poster boy for the company, even though there seems very few cartoons starring him regularly aired. He was also the first cartoon character to have his very own star on the Walk of Fame, Hollywood.

It was not until 1934 that Donald Duck, another favourite character was introduced to the family, with the first colour Mickey cartoon appearing the following year. At this time Disney held the patent on Technicolor meaning he was the only animator making colour films. Mickey was also the first cartoon character to talk, saying the profound words 'Hot Dog!', in 1929 in The Karnival Kid.

Such classic and popular characters as Mickey and Donald have also found themselves in cameo roles in later movies. For example for those experts with a keen eye watching the Little Mermaid you may spot Goofy, Mickey and Donald in the background of the introductory scenes. Don't worry, you have time to go and check.

In the background of The Rescuers (released 1977) in an original copy there was an image of a naked woman. 3.5 million copies were very quickly withdrawn from sale and it was removed from the scene. In the movie 101 Dalmatians(1996) there are a number of characters from Lady and the Tramp (1955) in the pet shop window.

Walt Elias Disney, the big boss also appeared in their classic movies, such as Fantasia, one of the studios finest, which was made in 1940. The sorcerer's name was Yen Sid which when read backwards provides Disney's name. The rather adorable film entitled Wall-E, is another, rather obvious reference to the founder of the company.

Walt Disney received twenty six Academy Awards, which is the record for the most awards in history. He also won three Golden Globes and he was also presented with an honorary Oscar and seven tiny Oscars for Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1938). In total in his lifetime he was awarded with over 50 awards for his animation contributions. The awards and recognition are likely to continue as the company goes from strength to strength.

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