Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives
October 16, 2013 - January 4, 2015 |
Arriving in the young capital of filmmaking, Walt immediately began laying the groundwork for future success through constant innovation and tenacious belief in his work. The Alice series of silent shorts, featuring a young live-action girl in animated surroundings, not only allowed Walt and his brother Roy to establish their own small studio in Hollywood, but also provided Walt an early set of technical challenges to solve. Other hurdles would come in the form of business setbacks, like the 1928 loss of his Oswald the Lucky Rabbit character to his distributor. Characteristically, Walt vowed never to make that mistake again, cementing his desire to own his studio's work and answer only to himself creatively. Still, it would take many all-in bets and just-in-time creations to keep the fledgling studio afloat. Of course, one of these timely creations turned out to be a certain round-eared mouse…
See artifacts and photos from this era of Walt's work, including correspondence with Roy, movie clips of his earliest pre-Mickey animation, and the original script he wrote for Steamboat Willie, the very first Mickey Mouse cartoon.
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