50 Years Back this Day…
Disney presented in New York a Unique Theme for the Unity of Mankind…
“Its a Small World After all..”
Such a great hit this song and theme was,my wife decided to train a set of Indian,African kids in Nigeria for the cultural Festival for the Easter Weekend in 1984 at Ijebuode..
Cannot forget the conatinuous Cheers from Srinivasan Indian High Commissioner and a very huge 1500 audience in Ijebu ode!
My elder Daughter Charu played the Piano and singing the Small World Song!
“Its a Small World after all..”narrating the thematic song,when the kids of Kuriens,Sharmas,Ahameds,Bansals,Georges,Varmas did the play..
Srinivasan spontaneously climbed the dais and lifted my daughter and asked her..
“How did you play the key board and sing the song to..Fantastic!”
A great ovation…
When I think of Walt Disney,
I can only get one Name in my MIND..COURAGE!
Here is an extract from th Book,How to be like Walt Disney!
Disney decided to do Snow white and 7 Dwarfs in 1935 after his and Roys family take a tour to France ,as celeberation of 10 yrs of his marriage.In Paris he was surprised to see many theatres running continuously Full with Walt Disney’s Micky Mouse and making huge money!
Walt has always been a stickler to High Level Quality and many of his assisstants found it very difficult to get anything approved quickly..invariably disapproval meant high cost of production too and waste of time!
In 1936,added to his financial woes,Lillian his wife suffered another miscarriage and Walt decides to adopt a baby girl Sharon.
By summer 1937,the release of Snow White was just a few months away and Artists donated evenings and weekends to the project without being asked for!Meanwhile Roy and Disney were BROKE!..Snow White has Gobbled more than a Million in 35 and all their personal assets were already Mortgaged!
Walt needed another Half a Million to complete his most Imaginative Creation!The one man who hated Walt and freely commented about his stupidity ,in front of all the Artists was Roy,his brother and financial controller!
During this crisis period of Snow White,
Roy suddenly gets an idea..He tells Walt..
“Hi..splice togther whatever you hv got uptodate and show it to Joe Rosenberg..”Joe was incharge of Studio Loans at Bank of America..Walt hated that idea,as everything is in bits and pieces , for which Roy angrily shouts back..”You have got to show SOMETHING to him!”
On the D Day,Joe Rosenberg arrives at the Hyperion Avenue Studio.Roy was supposed to be there for moral support but didnt turn up!
So Walt led Rosenberg to the projection room and both sat down.Walt signalled the Projectionist and the film began to roll.The movie opened with a beautiful full colour prologue
“Once upon a time,there lived a lovely little Princess named Snow White..”After a few mts,there were patches of crude pencil animations and Walt apologised to Rosenberg!
A few mts later Walt apologised for the poor qlty of the film,..
sometimes the sound track went silnt for a minute or two!A couple of Sequences were spliced in the wrong order! Walt sank into his chair!
Finally the film came to an abrupt HALT!There was no Ending!So Walt talked and enacted the ending to Rosenberg!
“Well Walt”said Rosenberg”Thank You for showing this to me!”
Walt was disappointed that Rosenberg didnt show any sign of any form of Enthusiasm!
If Rosenberg refused the loan,
both Snow White and Walt Disney Studio were FINISHED!
The Two men walked to the parking lot.
Rosenberg opens the car door and slid in behind the Wheel!
Then looked up to Walt Disney and says..
“YOU KNOW WALT..THIS MOVIE IS GOING TO MAKE A HATEFUL OF MONEY.YOU WILL GET YOUR LOAN!”
OH!THAT MINTED MILLIONS of $ IN 1937!
CAN YOU IMAGINE?
Animated Cartoons….2.5 million.IN 1937
Out of which he selects only 250000!
Whenever I am stressd and down I go thro these pages from this book
“How To Be Like Walt Disney?”by Pat Williams and Jim Disney!
A Genius indeed!