That's right: the man who brought you Mickey Mouse was born on this date in 1901. He also brought you the first animated feature film, at least in this country. That would be Snow White, of course. He brought you the Disney theme parks, one of which was brought to life under his watch, the other he at least kicked off before he left us. He gave us lots of pop culture fodder and he was a really cool frood.
And for his birthday this year, we actually began to see a serious turnaround of quality in Disney animation projects. Which is a gift for all of us really. Here's the short that started everything. Or at least most things.
Our first video should be obvious.
And here's a bit from the first episode of Disneyland, in which, among other things, he lays out the plans for the theme park.
- Steamboat Willie can be found on the first volume of Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Black and White. It's out of print, but if you don't already have it, you need it. You can buy it from Amazon by clicking here.
- This episode of Disneyland is available on the Walt Disney Treasures: Disneyland USA release. Also out of print, but it can still be snagged for a reasonable price at Amazon.
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