Colin Wells Sherry Minkowski Government 12 26 March 2000 Disney’s Influence on American Culture How does one begin to describe a king? As generations change, society calls for new leaders and kings, that will continue to push the boundaries. Steven Watts describes it as: Hollywood’s leading fantasy factory… (187) Disney is much more prominent in society, its impact now lives in every household, as well as a place in everyone’s soul. Behind it all is a thriving business that will out live most humans now and in the future. Steven Watts breaks it down quite simply: Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck embodied a collective desire to escape the pressures of modern life and return to childhood. (127) The escape from reality, which Disney has provided over the years, comforts people of all ages.
Most children in today’s day have a favorite Disney movie that they have watched over and over again. They can more than likely say most of the line of the movie by heart as well. This is because when Walt Disney started creating his stories, he knew he wanted them to have positive and moving endings. People loved the messages Disney sent – they were always positive and taught children life lessons: “The message delivered by Walt Disney’s various projects was an optimistic one that cherished the values of family unity and selfless courage. Goodness almost always triumphed over evil. His works promoted preservation – of the environment, of the family, and of the American way of life” (George 2). In addition to having great messages and life lessons, Disney was very different from the people he competed with during his time. Because of his differences, he was able to spark interest with all sorts of different people. His characters were likeable and fun to follow, “Unlike his competitors, whose cartoons were filled with slapstick and double entendres, Disney’s short features focused on the wholesome activities of likeable little characters who were essentially human in spirit if not in form” (Carey 3). Since people enjoyed Disney’s works, he became very successful very quickly. Today, everyone knows who
Throughout history, there have been many notable American figures that had enormous impacts on almost everyone's daily lives. Although, one figure stands out among many, and that man worked his hardest to make his dreams come true, Walt Disney. Disney made a reputation of brilliance and "[t]he combination of Disney's desire to try new techniques and his striving to make a better product set him apart from most other animators" (Nardo 25). How could anyone forget classics like Mickey Mouse, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fox and the Hound, the Little Mermaid, and many more all created by Disney? "He created a cast of memorable animated and live-action characters that have been forever associated with the Disney name" (Nardo 10). Though many do not know Disney was forced into bankruptcy many times to create these characters. To fulfill his childhood dreams, Walt Disney revolutionized the entertainment industry by adding realistic elements to his numerous cartoons, movies, and vacation spots.
Disney, a corporation who has a reputation of manufacturing incredible films, and who surpasses those expectations. Disney is the leader of the film industry, a company’s whose name almost every child in the Northern Hemisphere has heard of. Does no one wonder about what it takes to make such a large and prominent company? Does no one want to know what obstacles it faced, what it had to overcome, and what is next for the company? The story of Disney is an impressive one, a tale of a young cartoonist doing what he loved and making other people happy in the processes. A tale of what Disney had to do to make it big and what lead an unknown animator from Illinois to creating the biggest children’s movie company ever.
His work in modern media was revolutionary. Moreover, he broadened communication and made it easier to learn about new cultures. Disney’s movies play a vital role in children’s development and their productivity when they enter the “real world”.
He left this world, impacting and inspiring the lives of everyone, young and old and changed the world of movie making forever. Part of the study will consider Walt Disney 's background, and his self-made success in America such as the famous Disneyland we all know today. Multiple resources have been collected that focus on Walt Disney 's life and how he significantly impacted the entertainment industry and became a symbol of America, to achieve this goal. The primary source is the book, Remembering Walt: Favorite Memories of Walt Disney by Amy Boothe and Howard E. Green. In the book, there are several interviews with family members and coworkers. Walt Disney promoted diversity an idea that wasn 't even thought of in the 20th century. "Disney
...n, the use of sound in films is highly significant in the development of the plot and in turn the development of the theme. Although, the sound components play a very significant role individually, it is through the combination and manipulation of such components that the sound design of the sound track has a greater impact emotionally upon the audience. Moreover, the effectiveness of this emotional impact can be significantly increased through the implementation of an effective combination sound to the image. Such combination can be seen within Gravity which exhibits a soundscape that successfully assist in bringing the world of the film to life. Sound is important to films and is an essential feature, many a time an audience will not even self-consciously acknowledge the music or sound effects but if they weren’t there the viewing pleasure would not be as pleasing
Walt Disney’s has had and still is having a large effect on television and writing today. He has made very memorable films. Many people will remember this 20th century folk hero and legend for many years to come.
The Walt Disney Company was launched into popularity with a little mouse called Mickey in the first fully sound synchronized cartoon called Steamboat Willy in 1928 (The Walt Disney Comany and Affliated Companies, 2011). Next came merchandise, animated and live action feature films, television shows and theme parks.
Disney came a very long way in his career. When Disney was 9 years old, his father sold their family farm that had failed. Consequently, his father bought a paper route and ended up putting Disney to work. Disney would rise early, in the darkness to get his allotment of 50 papers. He would return home around 6:00, take a short nap and then wake back up to eat his breakfast. Out of this darkness came Disney’s vision of an escape to a utopian world. This vision ultimately led to his greatest animations, movies and theme parks.