(1901-1966)"Animation offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world."
In 1923, Walt Disney arrived in Hollywood, CA with little more than a suitcase. It wasn't long before he and his brother Roy started Disney Brothers Studio and began producing cartoons. In 1928, Mickey Mouse made his first appearance in Steamboat Willy. Mickey would become one of the most recognizable characters in American pop culture, starring in hundreds of cartoons and launching Walt Disney's successful place as an animator in Hollywood.
Disney released the world's first full-length animated feature, \fISnow White and the Seven Dwarfs\fP, in 1937. The success of Snow White allowed Disney Studios to continue producing animated feature films, including such classics as \fIPinocchio\fP, \fIBambi\fP and \fICinderella\fP. The studio released 19 animated features during Walt Disney's lifetime. After his death in 1966, they continued to create movies. To date, Disney Studios has released more than forty animated features.
Walt Disney was once quoted as saying, "I never called my work an `art.' It's part of show business, the business of building entertainment." Many people have disagreed with his assessment, however. Art museums around the world have held exhibitions of original Disney artwork, and cels from Disney cartoons or animated films sell for hundreds or even thousands of dollars today.
Although Disney has diversified and now produces live-action movies, television programs, theme parks and Broadway musicals, to many people the name Disney is synonymous with "animated feature." Almost forty years after the death of its founder, Walt Disney Studios continue to entertain audiences around the world with creative and innovative animated movies.
|Disney Animation Firsts|
|1928||Steamboat Willy||First cartoon with fully synchronized sound|
|1932||Flowers and Trees||First full-color cartoon|
|1937||The Old Mill||Invented multiplane camera|
|1937||Snow White||First fully animated motion picture|
|1961||101 Dalmations||First use of Xerox photography for transfer of drawings to cels|
|1985||The Black Cauldron||First used of computers to enhance hand-drawn animation|
|1995||Toy Story||First completely computer animated motion picture|
|1999||Tarzan||"Deep Canvas" technology invented to make computer graphics look more like hand-drawn animation|
|Walt Disney holds the all-time record for the most Academy Awards wins with 32 Academy Awards to his career.|
|The Disney company has received 48 Academy Awards in the studio's history.|
|1932||Flowers and Trees||Special Award to Walt Disney for the first cartoon to be produced in color and the first cartoon to win an Acadamy Award.|
|1939||Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs||Special Award to Walt Disney for significant screen innovation and pioneering a new form of motion picture entertainment.|
|1941||Pinocchio||Best Song, 1940: "When You Wish upon a Star" Leigh Harline and Ned Washington
Best Original Score, 1940: Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith, Ned Washington.
|1942||Fantasia||Special Technical Award for outstanding contribution to the advancement of the use of sound in motion pictures.|
|Dumbo||Best Original Score, 1941: Frank Churchill and Oliver Wallace.|
|1990||The Little Mermaid||Best Original Score, 1989: Alan Menken
Best Song, 1989: "Under the Sea," music by Alan Menken; lyrics by Howard Ashman.
|1992||Beauty and the Beast||Best Original Score, 1991: Alan Menken
Best Song, 1991: "Beauty and the Beast," music by Alan Menken; lyrics by Howard Ashman.
Scientific/Technical Award for CAPS (Computer Animated Production System).
|1993||Aladdin||Best Original Score, 1992: Alan Menken
Best Song, 1992: "A Whole New World"; music by Alan Menken; lyrics by Tim Rice.
|1995||The Lion King||Original Score, 1994: Hans Zimmer
Best Song, 1994: "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," music by Elton John; Lyrics by Tim Rice
|Toy Story||Special Award for development and application of techniques making possible the first feature-length computer-animated film.|
|1996||Pocahontas||Best Song, 1995, "Colors of the Wind," music by Alan Menken; lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Best Original Score, 1995, music by Alan Menken; lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; orchestral score by Alan Menken.