Walt Disney & Ub Iwerks – Steamboat Willie (1928)

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Description: “The first Mickey Mouse cartoon released, and the first cartoon with synchronized sound. As a mischievous deckhand on a riverboat, Mickey, to Minnie’s delight, plays ‘Turkey in the Straw’ utilizing an animal menagerie as his instruments. However, the tyrannical Captain Pete is not amused, and Mickey ends up peeling potatoes in the galley.
After unsuccessfully trying to make a deal to record through RCA or Western Electric, Walt contracted with the bootleg Powers Cinephone process and, after a disastrous initial recording session, finally recorded the soundtrack with a 15-piece band and his own squeaks for Mickey.”
Steamboat Willie was released “on November 18, 1928, the date used for the birth of Mickey Mouse. (…) Continue reading

Walt Disney – Walt Disney’s Fantasia (1940)

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Fantasia (1940), a Disney animated feature-length “concert” film milestone, is an experimental film integrating eight magnificent classical musical compositions with enchanting, exhilarating, and imaginative, artistically-choreographed animation. The conceptual framework of the individual pieces embraces such areas as prehistoric times, the four seasons, nature, hell/heaven, the themes of light vs. darkness and chaos vs. order, dancing animals, classical mythology, and legend. Continue reading