More than seven decades later, Walt Disney Animation Studios continues to honor its heritage through animated films that combine beautiful artistry, masterful storytelling and ground-breaking technology.
Linnea Crowther 5 years ago Ninety years ago today, two brothers founded a company that would become world famous, beloved by all ages, and record smashing.
The brothers were Walt and Roy Disney, and the company, of course, bore their last name. It began as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio.
Today, as the Walt Disney Company, it's a giant in the entertainment world and beyond. Disney's offerings have delighted generations. More than that, they revolutionized the film world. In the early days of Disney, nobody was doing what Disney did —— and Walt received the accolades to prove it.
To this day, he holds the record for most Academy Awards, with an amazing 26 Oscars. Many of them are competitive awards for Disney films. But four of Disney's Oscars were special, honorary awards, and it's these awards that truly show how Walt and Roy and the company they began have affected the world of animation.
Here's a look at those four honorary Oscars. Disney received his first honorary Oscar the same year he won his first competitive Oscar for the short Flowers and Trees.
The honorary award was for a much better known name —— it celebrated Disney's creation of Mickey Mouse, the iconic character who launched the company's fame, wowed audiences with sound, and laid the foundation for decades of animation.
Walt Disney himself knew that without Mickey Mouse, there'd be no Disney. As he later reflected, "I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing —— that it was all started by a mouse.
The first feature-length cel animated film, it set the stage for every Disney animated film to follow, as well as those from competing studios. That's a lot of great movies! The Academy Award presented to Walt Disney was as unique as the movie it honored —— it featured a full-sized Oscar statuette accompanied by seven miniature Oscars.
Disney's innovation had only just begun when he released Snow White. Fantasia took animated films to a new level with its use of music. A collection of eight shorts set to classical pieces, Fantasia had to sound as special as it looked.
In order to make it feel like a symphony orchestra was playing in each theater that screened the film, Disney had his company's engineers create a system for stereophonic surround sound that was like nothing audiences had experienced before.
The system influenced sound processes that are still used today, and earned Disney his third honorary Oscar. Though there were many competitive Oscars still in store for Walt Disney afteras well as a posthumous award several years after his death, it was perhaps the Irving G.
Thalberg Memorial Award that best summed up his lifetime achievements. The exclusive award is only given when there is a recipient whose body of work is so notable that it deserves this honor.
Disney won the fourth Thalberg award ever given, a tribute to a career and a legacy that were already impressive and would become, in the decades that followed, legendary.These 10 breakthroughs changed the world of animation forever. In rough chronological order, you will see how these ten animation breakthroughs were so revolutionary, that many of the techniques were still used decades later.
Disney also revolutionized amusement parks, transforming their public images from a motley collection of rides and shows to a full-immersion experience. Disneyland, which opened in California in , transported guests to another world. Changed the world of animation from stupid cartoons to full on motion pictures that can make people feel emotion; Founded a company that has millions of jobs (Disney is one of the world.
10 Disney Movie Moments That Changed Animation Walt Disney was a restless innovator; tirelessly pushing the boundaries of whatever medium he was dabbling in, whether it was animation, live-action productions, or theme park attractions.
Walt Disney World expanded with the opening of Epcot Center in ; Walt Disney's vision of a functional city was replaced by a park more akin to a permanent world's fair. In , the Walt Disney Family Museum, designed by Disney's daughter Diane and her son Walter E.
D. Miller, opened in the Presidio of San Francisco. . How two crises— a crippling strike and the Second World War— changed the Disney studio (and Walt himself) forever How World War II Changed Walt Disney.
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