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Alright, Disney fans, store this in the back of your head for that Jeopardy Daily Double question. Back in 1962, Walt Disney himself was in the process of negotiating a Disney Theme Park in St. Louis, MO. What could have been?
Walt Disney was approached by the organizers of the St. Louis Bicentennial. Their request was that he produce a film about the city. So impressed was Walt with the newly expanding downtown area and the almost complete Arch, he had a better idea.
With inspiration from his Missouri roots, Walt began plans for Riverfront Square. The location was planned about two blocks from Busch stadium. The five-story all indoor attraction would be topped off with an atrium ceiling. Complete with simulated weather and time of day. The project was on the table from 1963 to 1965 and Disney Imagineers got pretty far in their planning.
For Blueprints and Computer animations, watch the video in the St. Louis News (KSDK) article by clicking here.
The first feature-length animated film made, Snow White has been named the number one animated film by the AFI (American Film Institute). The film was seen by 20 million people in the first three months when it was released in the 1930s.
Many of the works in the exhibit have never been seen before and are now on display in a new gallery at the Walt Disney Family Museum. The exhibit features more than 200 works of art including conceptual drawings, early character studies, detailed story sketches, and animation drawings from the film. Also featured are delicate thumbnail layout watercolors, meticulously rendered pencil layouts, rare watercolor backgrounds, colorful cels, and vintage posters.
The exhibit runs through April 14th.
- Two New Books Commemorate Making of SNOW WHITE (chipandco.com)
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 75th Anniversary Sweepstakes (chipandco.com)
- SNOW WHITE Collectors’ Edition Books are Timeless Treasures (chipandco.com)
In honor of the 75th anniversary of Walt Disney’s first feature-length film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which is coming this December, Weldon Owen Publishing has released two new collections that chronicle the complete making of this ground-breaking animated movie. I received a review copy of both Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Art and Creation of Walt Disney’s Classic Animated Film and The Fairest One of All: The Making of Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and I am completely in awe of these works of art. Each is a visual and literary masterpiece of its own, and my family is sure to cherish these treasures for a long time.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Art and Creation of Walt Disney’s Classic Animated Film catalogs images of more than 250 artworks that will be on display at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, California, from November 15, 2012, to April 14, 2013. The exhibit (and book) includes early artist renderings and concept sketches, watercolor background paintings, and original and replica cels of Snow White scenes. It also features alternate character concepts, deleted scenes, and step-by-step process shots. The four-year filmmaking endeavor is detailed in descriptions and artist recollections throughout the book, making the reader feel a part of that historical event. It is truly fascinating to see live action reference photos and drawings with artist notes and directions scribbled in the margins, like the one seen below.
Disney has a new website, brought to us by Walt Disney Imagineering and Research team, that you can check out that’s mission is “Bringing Immersive Stories to Life in the Real World”. It is not only a new website but a place you can apply to be part of this new project that Disney is collaborating on.
When you go to the home page you find the following info:
Transmedia — the telling of a story across multiple platforms and formats — is a concept we’ve embraced at Walt Disney Imagineering for decades. As the leader in the themed entertainment industry, we want to encourage the transmedia design community to expand the art of immersive storytelling — and that’s where you come in! Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development wants to work with innovative storytellers willing to push the limits to create fully immersive worlds where guests can explore, play and discover deep narratives. To help us achieve this goal, we are excited to announce the Living Worlds program, through which we hope to support the development of a few unique concepts through collaborative project work. Please click here to learn about the program details and apply. With your imagination and today’s technology, the possibilities for immersive storytelling are almost boundless.
The Living Worlds is storytelling because storytelling is in the Imagineer’s DNA and they are looking for new ways to express this art. This new and unique format is something if you love Disney and love storytelling you should check out.
Visit Disneylivingworlds.com for more information!
Tom Hanks, one of our day’s beloved actors, spoke recently about his upcoming movie “Saving Mr. Banks” where he has the honor of portraying an even more beloved man, Walt Disney. “Saving Mr. Banks” is a movie about all the behind-the-scenes handling and wrangling it took to produce the classic, “Mary Poppins”.
“It’s like another version of Mary Poppins by way of the relationships between P.L. Travers, who wrote it, and everybody that made the movie cause it was a very contentious experience,” said Hanks.
“Saving Mr. Banks” focuses on the struggle between the author, who wrote the beloved novel in 1934, and Walt Disney who made a promise to his daughters in the 1940s to turn the book into a movie.
From the beginning to it’s 1964 release, Disney and Travers argued over most everything, Arguments ensued over script, tone and casting, with Travers even complaining that her character, as depicted by Julie Andrews in her Hollywood debut, was too pretty and too nice.