The Genius of Disney

Did you watch Walt Disney on American Experience?  I thought that it was one of the more honest chronicles of Walt Disney’s life.  It revealed a man with a human side, who was driven to succeed and become a legacy in the film, animation, and tourism industry.

I  have long admired Walt Disney, but it’s not necessarily the creativity of his theme parks that encompass the depth of his genius.  It’s the projects that represent a lifetime of Disney innovation.  Projects, such as Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, the Disnedisneyworldy influence at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, the Mickey Mouse Club, classic movies like Pollyanna and Song of the South, and the World War II propaganda films.

I found it interesting, but not surprising, that the documentary explicitly pointed out that Disney used the public library as a resource to expand his knowledge of animation and film-making. Librarians always hear and read about patrons thanking their public libraries for helping to improve their lives. Thank you, American Experience for the subtle recognition of the transformative nature of public libraries.



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