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Happy Anniversary

Hello, and welcome back to my thoughts and musings.  On this date, October 16, the Walt Disney Company hits a milestone that deserves much more than a quick look, but alas that is what it shall get at this moment.

On October 16, 1923, Walt and Roy Disney signed an agreement with New York cartoon distributor M. J. Winkler to produce a series of animated shorts called Alice Comedies.  The result of this agreement was the founding the the Disney Brothers Studio, which over time would become known as the Walt Disney Company.

Alice images hanging at the Walt Disney Family Museum

Alice images hanging at the Walt Disney Family Museum

In total, 57 Alice shorts were produced between 1924 and 1927.  In 1927 Walt decided to end the Alice series and create a new animated character to save on costs.  With lead animator Ub Iwerks, Disney created the character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, which would be distributed by Universal. 26 Oswald cartoons were created by the Disney studio in 1927 and 1928 before the rights were lost and Disney had to create a new character.

Following the loss of Oswald, Walt created a new character, Mickey Mouse.  The rest, as they say, is history.  The studio has released countless animated shorts, over 50 animated features, not to mention its television productions.

As we celebrate the anniversary of the Walt Disney Company today, I wish to express my gratitude to the company.  It’s no secret I am a Disney fan, and have been for my entire life.  I have a hard time trying to fathom what the entertainment scene would be like had two brothers not worked together to pursue the dreams that Walt had to be creative.  Thank you, Walt Disney Company, for entertaining the world, and reminding us each day to follow our dreams.

I thank you for taking the time to read this today. I ask you would please leave comments.  You may contact me directly on Twitter @Quest4VaultDisn, and you may also subscribe to be alerted by email when new postings are published. Quest for Vault Disney is now on Facebook. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/questforvaultdisney. Have a great rest of your day. See ya real soon…

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3 Comments

  1. Jennifer says:

    I agree completely with how Disney shaped my childhood and continues to in my “adulthood”. There is just something magical about Disney that no one else has been able to replicate.

  2. 90 years since the beginning of it all pretty much!

  3. […] and his brother Roy teamed up to form the Disney Brothers Studio in 1923, and launched the Alice Comedies series, a mixture of live action and animation.  From […]

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