Walt Disney's Impact on Animation Blog Post # 2
Walt Disney has dramatically changed animation through his talent as a genius director and teacher. Even thirty years after his death he is not only remembered but we still continue to struggle to grasp his ideas and creations. Disney was truly inspiring and was able to inspire everyone who came into contact with him. He pioneered the fields of animation, and found new ways to teach, and educate. Walt Disney has had one of the most important impacts on the development of animated cartoons.
Walt Disney affected animation profoundly through the ways in which he advanced the art of animation. Disney synchronized sound and music with his cartoons and was one of the first to advance in color animation. Through the years he found other areas of improvement by the institution of the pencil test as well as the multi-plane camera just to name a few. Walt Disney has not only affected animation through his technological advances but through his characters as well. His most famous character Mickey mouse is known the world over. Starting with Steamboat Willie, Mickey Mouse has been cherished for generations. Within two years of Mickey Mouse's debut he had become a "National celebrity with a bigger screen following than nine tenths of Hollywood" (Maltin p. 36).
Walt Disney has been hailed as "the Father of Animation" and I couldn't agree more. He brought us his vision which ultimately transformed the entertainment industry. Walt Disney's worldwide popularity was based upon the ideals by which the man lived. His imagination, his optimism, and his self-made success is a symbol of the American dream. Through his animation he brought us closer to the future, while telling us of the past and will forever be remembered and loved.
(1) Maltin, Leonard. Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons. Penguin Books, New York 2005. Page 36