Thursday, January 22, 2015

Disneyland...the Series?

I had been planning on writing a blog post on Disneyland even before class today, and now this episode in particular is even more applicable to what we've been talking about.

Disneyland, which would eventually become The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC, aired for an impressive 54 years. In 1954 the series was created in order to help fund the creation of Disneyland park, but it wound up being so popular, that it continued to air until its finale in 2008. When it first began, the series showed the inner-workings of Disney and the animation industry/process. The episode that I linked to in this post happens to be a brief history of animation up until when Disney as an animation giant really emerged.

The best part of the episode is that you'll be able to see some of the devices we were talking about in action, as well as see a couple other people who were really instrumental in the initial development of animation. If you like this, I highly recommend you check out the rest of the series. While a lot of it is obviously very Disney-focused, it gives a really great insight into hand drawn animation. I know for me, it gave me a whole new sense of appreciation for how much work goes into these films, as well as how far the craft has come.

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