"Animation offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world." - Walt Disney
In 1923 two brothers, Roy and Walt Disney founded the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio and is today now known as the Walt Disney Company. The brothers desire was to bring the magic of animation to the world and entertain with the hopes of sharing some of life's lessons.
The world of Disney movies all began with the world's and Disney's first feature length cel-animated film, the first feature length film produced in America and has gone on to become one of the most loved animation classics of all time, ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'.
Since Snow White, Disney has become a household name for children and adults alike and not just in America. Disney has been able to bridge the gap of language and culture, sharing it's stories and characters with the world.
Along with the wondrous animations, came the opportunity to experience the magic of Disney with opening of parks worldwide, from Floria to Paris and even Tokyo. In 1995, Disney once more made animation history when it released ‘Toy Story', the first feature film to use only computer generated imagery. Fifteen years later, the third movie in the ‘Toy Story' series is about to launch and the influence of Walt and his brother can still be seen in the Disney movies.
Disney have inspired generations for many years now and their influence can be seen in the work of animators around the world. Japan is known for it's amazing artists and it's particular style of animation, known as ‘Anime'. The Walt Disney Company has helped bring this animation and the stories of some wonderful feature animated films to the wider world, offering amazing films like Ponyo and Spirited Away which may have never made it to a worldwide audience.
While the animation has changed throughout the years, the magic that can only be found in the world of Disney has remained the same. From the beautifully hand drawn animations of Snow White to the skillfully mastered and detailed work of CGI artists of ‘Up'. The difference between the work of Walt Disney and Hayao Miyazaki may be in the different style of animation but they share the same ideals, giving life to stories that will entertain families and children for many years to come while also opening up the minds of young people to different worlds and some of life's lessons.
It may have all began with a small black and white mouse called Mickey but the world of Disney has become so much more. Bringing life to some of the most loveable characters, diabolical villains and most wonderful stories ever told, there really is something magical about how Disney can bring so much joy to so many people around the world. The dream of two brothers which started almost a hundred years ago continues to live on and inspire the imagination of children, parents, animators and storytellers from all corners of the world, be they from, America, Ireland or Japan.
Toy Story 3 opens in Cinemas on July 23rd 2010