Prologue: Once Upon a time in reality
Prologue: Once Upon a time in reality
Once Upon a Time, in America not so long ago. Walt Disney was born in 1901. Nobody at the time knew what he would go on to do but Walt would change the world. He became a pioneer of the American animation industry; he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons. With his team, he introduced the world to beloved characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald duck, show white, dumbo, and more. Today you know a Disney character even if you don’t like Disney. Disney also holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations. Walt worked closely with the likes of his brother Roy and had a close partnership with Urb Iwerks. At first, the company was laughed at but the success of snow-white changed everything.
Walt was anything but boring. He was adventurous and went about introducing synchronized sound, full-color three-strip Technicolor, feature-length cartoons, and technical developments in cameras. It changed the world. Soon came more and more films for Disney. Eventually, he expanded beyond just them. Theme parks soon followed in California and Florida. Then tragedy struck hard. Disney had become a heavy smoker throughout his life and that came back with a vengeance in the 1960s. he died in December of 1966 unable to ever see his dream come true. The park opened but EPCOT would never be realized. The Florida Project was renamed Walt Disney World in his memory.
Disney would enter a dark period after Walt’s death which it would only truly recover from in 1989 with the little mermaid. A new birth was soon found with big hitters we all now know and love. Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, lion king gave a whole new generation the Disney magic that the older generations. The company continued to grow through some of the movies in the later part of the 1990s and early 2000s. soon the company would grow eating up Pixar which bolstered the good movies, Disney, where producing. Disney was not to be left behind however and soon a new age was born with the debut of princess and frog. The rest we know as the Disney of today. They bought out and own marvel and Lucas films.
Their entertainment empire spans the globe. From theme parks in nearly every corner of the world to a dominating streaming service. The MCU is a franchise that brings in the money. Their animation movies have also continued to improve with Zootopia and Moana being a return to from. However, it was never easy to get here. rewinding the clock to Walt’s time. Things were never easy. He suffered what could be considered a hard childhood. He and his brother used to have to wake up at 4:30 every morning to deliver the Times before school and repeated the round for the evening Star after school. The schedule was exhausting for the young boy yet it was his life.
Things did not get any easier as he aged. He began smoking at an early age, something that would kill him. In the 1920s, his early businesses failed, and eventually, when they did find success, they lost it and their staff to universal. Oswald the lucky rabbit was taken with it. the tragedy did not stop there. Walt’s smother died in a house he had bought for her and he would never truly move on from that loss. His movie dreams were also somewhat crushed. Pinocchio in early 1938 and Fantasia did not do well and world war two soon crushed the studio further. It was all stuff they would recover from but eventually before he could truly come to realize his dreams. He died.
Walt’s legacy has left questions remaining behind. Disney has been accused of anti-Semitism; he’s been accused of being raciest as well. Etheric serotypes in the early films did not help nor did songs of the south. Like it or not, however, Walt is a cultural icon and without him and his team, the world would likely not the same. So, let us stop the clock, stop taking apart Disney. He was a flawed man and was far from perfect. No man is perfect.
Rewind the clock. Before the 90s rebirth, before the slump of the 70s and early 80s, before the swinging 1960s, the rebirth of the 1950s, the troubles of world war two in the 1940s, and the golden age of animation that began in the 1930s. travel further back through world war one and into the 1900s. 1901 to be exact. What if everything for Disney went right. What if he never lost Oswald, what if his mother never died and his flops were successes, what if Walt never died in the 1960s. the world he changed will be changed even more. Things never built will rise from the ground and others who perished will find themselves in a Disney world. Marylin Monroe, James’s dean, and others will find their fates shifted too. The world is about to change forever. A utopia is waiting in the wings. The progressive movie maker and king maker in democratic presidencies are preparing and the lights are set. The animators are standing by, the curtains are ready to rise on a whole new world. So, without further ado. Once Upon a time in Chicago, Walter Elias Disney was born.