Happy Anniversary Snow White

On this day in 1938 the classic Disney film Snow White hit the big screens across America.  It premiered in Hollywood with much success in December of 1937 at the Carthay Circle Theater.  Here are some fun facts you may not know about the film-

  • This was the first full length animated feature in English and Technicolor

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  • The film grossed $8 million which was unheard of during the great depression and was the highest grossing film at that time.
    • It held the title of highest grossing film for a year until Gone with the Wind was released.
  • The original film budget was $250,000.  It ended up costing $1.5 million and Walt Disney had to mortgage his home to fund the film’s production.
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first film to ever release a motion picture soundtrack
    • In fact the composers (Frank Churchill and Larry Morey) wrote 25 songs for the film, with 7 making the final cut into the movie

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  • To animate the film it took 750 artists creating 2,000,000 sketches, and 240,000 separate final drawings.
  • During production there were live animals in the studio for the animators to use as reference.

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  • Lucille La Verne voiced the Evil Queen and the witch.  To achieve the unique voice of the witch she removed her front dentures.
  • Walt Disney was awarded an honorary Academy Award for the film.  The Academy discussed nominating it for Best Picture, but opted to award a special Oscar for the film’s unique contribution to film history.  The award has one large traditional oscar, and then 7 smaller oscars on a staircase to represent all of the title characters.

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  • Snow White has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Happy 80th Anniversary Snow White… and Doc, Happy, Sneezy, Sleepy, Grumpy, Bashful, and Dopey as well.

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Words of Walt- Success and Failure

“To some people, I am kind of a Merlin who takes lots of crazy chances, but rarely makes mistakes.  I’ve made some bad ones, but fortunately, the successes have come along fast enough to cover up the mistakes.  When you to go bat as many times as I do, you’re bound to get a good average.  That’s why I keep my projects diversified.”

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Walt Disney

For me I find great inspiration in the life and words of Walt Disney.  I find his failures just as fascinating as his successes. The risks he took were incredible, but the payout was even more incredible.

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Words of Walt- Progress

“The age we’re living in is the most extraordinary the world has ever seen.  There are whole new concepts of things, and we now have the tools to change these concepts into realities. We’re moving forward.  In terms of my work, I believe people want to know about this universe that keeps unfolding before them.  But let’s be clear about one thing-  I’m not trying to teach anything to anybody.   I want to entertain the public.”

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What is mind boggling to me is how much the world and technology has changed since Walt’s passing in 1966.  51 years later I think the world would be unrecognizable to Walt, yet Disney continues to push the boundaries with technology and entertainment.  I like to think that in that regard Walt would be happy.

 

Words of Walt- Education

“I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.”

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As an educator, this is is completely different approach than what we take in American public schools.  Our job is to educate, and then hope that our students are entertained along the way.  Walt valued education, and that is evident through many attractions that focus on sharing history and literary moments (Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, the Hall of Presidents, the Carousel of Progress, Tom Sawyer’s Island, PLUS all of the educational moments at Epcot that Walt didn’t even get to see!).  By bringing these attractions to life, he focused on entertaining, and having education as a secondary product.  Park goers are being entertained and learning, without even realizing it!

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Words of Walt- Laughter, Imagination, & Dreams

Laughter is timeless, Imagination has no age, and Dreams are forever.” – Walt Disney

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I know I’ve mentioned it before in my writings, but for my newer readers who don’t know me, My name is Ashley, and I’m a mouskaholic.  While Disney is my passion, it is not my career (yet… maybe someday!)  I am currently employed as a 7-12 grade choir director at a suburban school district in Northeast Ohio.  I am currently in my 11th year of teaching which seems unreal!!!  I DEFINITELY don’t feel like I’m old enough to have been teaching 11 years!

With that being said, I have WONDERFUL students, who often present me with gifts of art work!  One of my dry erase boards in my room is basically covered in artwork that my students have given me! I have one student who just finished a super cool “fauvism” portrait of Robin Williams, and another student who turned some “Words of Walt” into a work of art.  So today’s quote is one that my student turned into art for me!

 

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Artwork by- H. Vandiver (10th grade)

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Fun Fact Friday- The Size of Walt Disney World

27,000 acres of land is owned by the Disney corporation in central Florida.  To give you an idea of how much land that actually is… 27,000 acres is 80 times the size of the nation of Monaco, twice the size of the island of Manhattan, and the size of the city of San Francisco.  Convert that from acres to miles, and it’s 47 square miles!  Keep in mind only 1,100 acres are taken up with the parks, while only 7,100 acres have been developed.

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Walt learned from Disneyland that outside developers and hotels would quickly surround his precious park.  He wanted space when he began to plan “Project X” or also known as the “Florida Project.”  To get the space needed Walt set up “dummy corporations” to operate under.  He knew that once it was announced that they were creating a park that the price of property would skyrocket.  So corporations like “M.T. Lott” (get it… empty lot!), “Reedy Creek Ranch Corporation” and several others went to central Florida to purchase the 27,000 acres of land.  The first acres of land were purchased for about $80.00 per acre.  After it was announced that Disney was purchasing the land, the price skyrocketed 1000% to $8000.00 per acre.

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With this land, the Disney corporation was able to create the magical world that we now know as Walt Disney World.  Even though Walt died prior to the opening of Walt Disney World, it has been a huge success!

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Words of Walt

“People still think of me as a cartoonist, but the only thing I lift a pen or pencil for these days is to sign a contract, a check, or an autograph.”

It still amazes me to think of Walt’s humble beginnings and the empire that he has built.  He started as a struggling cartoonist and was able to create something truly wonderful.

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Walt Disney

 

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