November 21, 2012

Wednesdays With Walt : A Special Tribute To Walt Disney

On November 9th I had the pleasure of participating in an hour-long radio tribute honoring my hero, the legendary Walt Disney. This special tribute featured four invited guests, all who were deeply inspired by Walt. This touching tribute was both organized and hosted by the unforgettable Joe Cosgrove - someone who knew Walt personally, someone who worked with Walt firsthand and someone who has been making Disneyland his home for several decades now. Joe's deep respect for Walt was truly touching as he interviewed each of us and as he shared his own personal thoughts on Walt Disney and the Disney legacy. My favorite moment of the show came as one guest described Walt's memorable visit to Marceline, Missouri, where he stopped by his old school and a very special tree.

To translate the world's great fairy tales, thrilling legends, stirring folk tales into visual theatrical presentations and to get back the warm response of audiences in many lands has been for me an experience and a lifetime satisfaction beyond all value. - Walt Disney 

Special Tribute to Walt Disney Hosted by Joe Cosgrove & Featuring Beth Thorpe, Creator and Writer from My Adventures in Disneyland -- Click here to listen now! 

November 18, 2012

Happy Birthday To Mickey & Minnie!

Steamboat Willie (1928) is a very important part of both American and Disney history for a number of reasons. It was where we first met one of our greatest heroes, Mickey Mouse. It was where we first saw Mickey's adorable sweetheart, Minnie Mouse. It was notably the first cartoon to successfully use synchronized sound. Yes, Steamboat Willie is very special and you can still feel that when you watch it today. When I hear Mickey happily whistling that familiar tune, I am a kid again and that is the true magic of Walt Disney. I have heard that Walt Disney didn't consider himself to be a "great animator" but I respectfully disagree. Mickey Mouse is the most recognizable and beloved cartoon character of all time and Mickey and Minnie alone have brought countless smiles to children all over the world for several decades. That sounds like the work of a great animator to me.

So, happy birthday to both Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Thank you for the memories Walt Disney. My childhood would not have been the same without you.