A tribute to Walt Disney
On the occasion of his birth anniversary, a tribute to one person whom I always admired, a role model to me, the man who made kids all over the world happy, Walter Elias Disney, aka Walt Disney. This is a 2 part series on him I had written some time back in 2010.
It was all Started by a Mouse
Hermosa is a pretty much non descript area tucked away in the North Eastern side of Chicago. There is the Consul General of Honduras here, but the most important building of note is located at 2156 N, Tripp Avenue. No it’s not one of those gigantic skyscrapers that dot the Chicago skyline , nor one of those Gothic buildings of the past, in fact on the outside looks pretty much like any other suburban American home. Except that in this very house, at the turn of the century in 1901, was born a certain Walter Elias Disney, aka Walt Disney aka Uncle Walt. Forget about Disney Land, forget about Mickey Mouse, Snow White, Fantasia. And for a moment lets just keep aside his hard core right wing politics.
Precisely 70 years later in 1937, another kind of Folly, hit the theaters. Walt Disney, after being successful with a talking mouse, a hot tempered duck, a goofy dog and a whole host of characters, set his sights higher. There is a difference between a merely great director and a pioneer. The former creates great cinema, win’s awards, the latter creates great cinema, wins awards and makes history. To call Walt Disney as a great movie maker, is to understate the obvious, he was a man, who created history, a pioneer. He was the one who cut the bushes, laid the trail, created the road to the top of the mountain, others followed him. Today you have Pixar and Dreamworks, comming out with some stunning animation features.