The name of Disney was made preeminent in the field of family entertainment for a period of nine decades, made by the Walt Disney Company. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to today's major corporation, it continues its mandate of providing quality entertainment for the entire family.
Starting of the Disney Company
With a lot of hope and ambition, Walt Disney arrived in California in the summer of 1923. He had made a cartoon in Kansas City about a little girl in a
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cartoon world, called Alice's Wonderland. He decided that he could use it as his "pilot" film to sell a series of these "Alice Comedies" to a suitable distributor. He was successful with his mission soon after arriving in California.
In 1927, he decided to move instead to an all-cartoon series, Walt Disney made his Alice Comedies for four years. A character named Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was introduced to star in this new series that he created. 26 numbers of these Oswald cartoons were produced within a year that Walt made.
The growth in California
The original Disney Studio had been in the back half of a real estate office on Kingswell Avenue in Hollywood, but soon Walt had enough money to move next door and rent a whole store for his studio. The company eventually outgrew it and Walt had to look elsewhere as that small studio was sufficient for only a couple of years. He found an ideal piece of property on Hyperion Avenue in Hollywood, built a studio, and in 1926 moved his staff to the new facility.
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Walt had to come up with a new character known as Mickey Mouse at the Hyperion Studio, after the loss of Oswald, his chief animator, Ub Iwerks. Walt designed the famous mouse and gave him a personality that endeared him to all. The Silly Symphonies — to go with the Mickey series was produced as he was not the one to rest on his laurels. Walt Disney soon produced another series —. While the cartoons were gaining popularity in movie houses, the Disney staff found that merchandising the characters was an additional source of revenue.
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An animated feature film, the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was announced in 1934 to be made. There were some sceptics in the group, but before long everyone had caught Walt's enthusiasm, and work began in earnest. The film was finished after three years, during Christmas time in 1937, and it was a spectacular hit. Snow White soon became the highest grossing film of all time, a record it held until it was surpassed by Gone With the Wind.
SnowWhite flatwork immediately began on other feature projects, but just as things were looking rosy, along came World War II. The next two features, Pinocchio and Fantasia, were released in 1940. 1950 saw big successes at Disney-the first completely live action film, Treasure Island, the return to classic animated features with Cinderella and the first Disney television show at Christmas time. The first in a series of wacky comedies in the 1950s saw the release of the classic 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. New York World's Fair, and Mary Poppins, perhaps the culmination of all Walt Disney had learned during his long movie-making career. Walt Disney died on December 15, 1966, which was the end of a great era of the decades.
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Death of the Brothers – Walt and Roy
After the death of Roy O. Disney in 1971, the building and financing of Walt Disney World, for the next decade was done by a team including Card Walker, Donn Tatum and Ron Miller — all originally trained by the Disney brothers.
Opening of Disneyland Paris
In France, the park now known as Disneyland Paris opened up on April 12, 1992. Eagerly anticipated, the beautifully designed park attracted almost 11 million visitors during its first year. Disneyland Paris is complemented by six uniquely designed resort hotels and a campground.
The very successful stage production of Beauty and the Beast occurred in 1994, thereby venturing onto Broadway. This was followed in 1997 by a unique staging of a show based on The Lion King and in 2000 by Aida.
By 1999, the number of Disney Stores was up to 725, while by 1996, it was only 450 Disney Stores worldwide. Mr Holland's Opus, The Rock, Ransom, Flubber, Con Air, Armageddon, and culminating in the hugely successful The Sixth Sense all of the recent years have seen the release of a group of very popular live-action films. The sixth sense soon reached the 10th spot among the all-time highest grossing releases. A Bug's Life and Dinosaur showcased Computer animation.
A whole new park, Disney's Animal Kingdom opened at Walt Disney World in 1998. With a gigantic Tree of Life as its centrepiece, the park was Disney's largest, spanning 500 acres. The company began adding generous amounts of bonus material for viewers as DVD releases became increasingly popular. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' DVD in 2001 sold more than one million units on the first day of release.
100th Anniversary of the Founder’s Birth
100th Anniversary of the birth of its founder, Walt Disney was honoured In 2001, by the entire Walt Disney Company, called "100 Years of Magic." Included several parades, and an exhibit of archival memorabilia, this was centred at the Disney-MGM Studios theme park in Florida. A gigantic Mickey's sorcerer cap was installed in the Chinese Theatre plaza.
2003 saw two Disney films grossing over $300 million at the box office — Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Disney-Pixar's Finding Nemo. In fact, surpassing $3 billion in the global box office, Disney became the first studio in history.
The repositioning of the Disney Wonder to the West Coast in the year 2011 saw the launch of the Disney Dream. Rights to the Avatar franchise for theme parks were purchased by the company. The Aulani Resort opened in Hawaii. The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure debuted at Disney California Adventure, and ground-breaking ceremonies were held for Shanghai Disneyland.