Trivia / Walt Disney

  • Adaptation Overdosed: Disney has lent his name to animated cartoons, films, comic strips, theme parks, TV series, and so on.
  • Big Name Fan: Sergi Eisenstein, Matt Groening, etc.
  • Follow the Leader:
    • Before Disney, animation already existed, of course but it was very crudely drawn and the stories were random events plots. It was new and amazing for it's timex but by the end of the 1920s, audiences unfortunately started to lose interest in the medium and if not for Disney's innovation of sound the genre might have died out as yet another fad. After the success of his new star Mickey Mouse, Disney set a trend for smoother drawn animation with fluid motions and stories that were both charming as engaging children's entertainment. Disney also tried to make audiences emotionally care for his characters and spent attention to both the mood, drama, comedy, and music. For most of the 1930s all other animation studios were trying to copy this successful formula. When Disney began making animated feature films he once again set the standard for how such films should be made to sustain the audience's attention for a hour or so. Every animation director is inspired by his work, even if only on a technical level. The downside of this is that many audiences still judge every animated cartoon according to Disney norms: it should be beautifully drawn, child friendly, have cutesy stuff in it and be devoid of any kind of dark, adult or complex material.
    • Disney also influenced virtually every comic strip artist and/or cartoonist, even those who dislike his work.
    • And Disney's enormous influence on film directors and advertisers should also be taken in account.
  • Old Shame: The Golden Touch, the last cartoon he ever directed. Intended as a test to see if he could still make animated shorts during the development of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the short was a massive flop. Due to this, Disney never directed another cartoon and forbade anyone from even bringing it up in conversation.
  • Saved from Development Hell: Walt had planned to adapt Beauty and the Beast, The Snow Queen, and The Little Mermaid after the success of Snow White, but plans for these films were put on hold in the 1940s. Both Beauty and the Beast and The Snow Queen were running into story problems while the budget for The Little Mermaid was running too high for the studio to comfortably sign off on it. In the 1980s, both The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast were picked up by Roy Disney for adaption, and both film adaptions (The Little Mermaid (1989) and Beauty and the Beast (1991) respectively) helped kick off The Renaissance Age of Animation for the cinema (it had started a couple years earlier for television, incidentally also due to Disney). The Snow Queen was revisited by John Lasseter in the 2000s and ultimately released as Frozen in 2013, which went on to become the most successful animated film ever made.
  • What Could Have Been...: He himself said, shortly before he died, that if he only had 15 more years to live, he'd accomplish more than he'd ever done before. It's worth mentioning that while it's impossible to know, that would be setting the bar incredibly high.
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