Bob Gurr, Designer: The first time I ever saw Disneyland, it was a great big dusty place full of bulldozers and orange trees being knocked down and concrete forms being built. As with Oswald, Ub took charge of the mouse's look. The Disney family was ambitious and entrepreneurial, if not always successful, traits that Walt would inherit. In 1937, Walt's first full length movie was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He has created something absolutely magnificent.
. Now, I didn't know anything but to be delighted with it. His two projects following Snow White were coming-of-age stories: first up was Bambi, based on a novel about a young deer becoming a stag; and then Pinocchio, a popular late 19th century Italian folktale about a wooden puppet who wants to be a real boy. He thinks he can do anything and everything that he wants. If I can help provide a place to develop the talent of the future, I think I will have accomplished something.
Ron Suskind, Writer: Disney's a Rorschach in America. Don Hahn, Animator: When everybody else is suffering Walt Disney is selling consumer products, and making millions of dollars out of Mickey Mouse. More families than ever before had a television set in the living room, and extra cash in the family paycheck for entertainment, travel, toys. Tell us a little bit about this picture will you? And then once I feel my life I will have a chance to feel the big truths, the things that give us sustenance. Mickey Mouse archival : Howdy-do! Jiminy Cricket, Disneyland archival : When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are. It was a place Disney never forgot.
National and international releases followed. And he couldn't understand it. Walt also accomplished the making of many children and family shows and movies. As Disney rose to prominence and gained financial security, his work became increasingly celebratory of the American way of life that made his unlikely success possible. But he warned his brother the bankers were very nervous about this gamble, and they expected Walt to stay on schedule and within the agreed-upon budget.
The train is something he associates with that vanished age of his childhood. Sarah Nilsen, Film Historian: Things are unfolding that most people would understand and Disney comes into it shockingly naive. Both the institutions were known to Disney since his early days and were facing financial difficulties at the time. Reporter archival audio : Well I'm sure they won't be, I've seen the picture Walt. He told Walt not to expect his new success to last. If you're not progressing as you should, instead of grumbling and growling, do something about it.
When he was five years old his family moved to Marceline, Missouri. And Roy dug in his heels. There is a burial plot that has a flourishing garden that holds his ashes in Glendale, California in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park. It was all the union leaders. Narrator: Disney arrived home with a new obsession, having his own large-scale model train -- and he ordered one built at the studio in Burbank. Don Hahn, Animator: If Disney's going to make nature movies, he has to do what he does naturally.
Wherever his plane lands, people are there to greet him; dignitaries invite him to dinners. It's a way for him to start to break away from the European fairytale as the foundation of his narratives. People were segregated by task, as at an industrial plant. His kid brother wasn't happy at the thought of shareholders sticking their noses in his creative process, but he saw little choice. He was the creator of the multi-plane camera.
In the early Sixties, Walt had a very special bracelet fashioned with twenty miniature Oscar statuettes, each of which was engraved underneath with the name of the film for which it was awarded. Most of the cartoon characters that we reckon today, Micky Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and so on are the brain-child of this international icon, who became a major figure in the American animation industry in 20th century. He could take those feelings that were so central to who he was, put 'em on screen, and allow other people to also feel them along with him. And we don't want to whitewash into something that is this jolly story. I was always way over whatever they figured the pictures would bring in.
Narrator: Just as he was beginning to get some traction in the modern movie industry, Walt's parents arrived from Chicago. Ruthie Tompson, Ink and Paint Artist: Boss? He experimented with realistic animation, developed special effects and new processes and techniques all in pursuit of a film that would meet with his expectations. This angered Disney who pledged never again to make the mistake of giving up the rights of his creations. He spent a week holed up in a hotel room in New York watching television, to see if there was anything to be done in the new medium. He would keep his middle name intact while cleverly spelling his first and last names in reverse.
He did not let this rejection deter him from finding a way to help people and he decided to join the Red Cross shortly afterward. But not James Baskett, who played Uncle Remus: Georgia law barred the movie's star from entering the segregated theater. He is in peril throughout the movie. Walt Disney and his crew still hold the record for the most academy awards. Walt Disney archival audio : In the 20 years I have spent in this business, I have weathered many storms. Ticket sales in the United States were slow; in Europe now at war, they were moribund.