Good morning! This day in Disney history, August 17th, 1941: Walt Disney, accompanied by his wife Lillian, studio employees, Mary Blair, Frank Thomas, Ted Sears, Bill Cottrell, and twelve other designers and animators to begin a goodwill tour of five countries in Latin America.
President Roosevelt named Nelson Rockefeller head of a special agency: a veritable international chamber of commerce and cultural exchange. This agency sent various Hollywood celebrities to countries that Nazis were making inroads into, Latin America being a major one. They had hoped by doing this, it would extinguish the Nazis momentum. Walt was invited to be one of these celebrity ambassadors. He saw it as an opportunity to look for "new songs, dances, plots and personalities for our cartoons."
Financed by a U.S. government grant at a cost of $70,000, the tour took 10 weeks. Starting today in Rio De Janeiro via Pan American Airways. The film "Walt & El Grupo" chronicles the trip. It features personal letters, interviews with historians, and survivors both here and in Latin America, and never-been seen photographs and film footage.
Disney ended up making two more films inspired by the trip: 1942's "Saludos Amigos" and 1944's "The Three Caballeros" which thankfully were both big hits.
Thanks so much for reading/watching! Hope you all have a wonderful Saturday! Today is an extra special day for myself and several other MWers. Today is the day that CourtyAstroBlisters (CAB) and her fiancé Michael tie the knot here in the gorgeous Santa Cruz Mountains. 👰🎩💏👫💗👏 I'm over the moon excited for them! It still amazes me that because of this wonderful Disney app, I've met some of my very BEST friends. I wish you endless years of happiness and Disney magic! Love you girl! Can't wait to see you in a few hours in your beautiful ivory dress! ::wipes happy tears:: 😍😩😘
P.S. please excuse HandMeAChurroImmaFaint, Slotherini, ZeeAlice, and I if we post a few "Disney-fied" wedding photos from today's festivities. 😉
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Mr. Disney was one of five children, four boys and a girl. He was the fourth born Disney son. He was named after his parents pastor and friend Walter Parr, a preacher at St. Paul Congregational Church. The pastor, in turn, will later name his son Elias, after Walt's father.
Most of Walt's childhood was spent on a farm in Marceline, Missouri, where he began drawing, painting and selling pictures to neighbors and family friends. In 1911, the family moved to Kansas City, where his love for trains really developed. His Uncle, Mike Martin, was a train Engineer who worked on the route between Fort Madison, Iowa, and Marceline. Walt would later work a summer job with the railroad, selling newspapers and snacks to the travelers. To read more about Walts love for trains
Video: Walt riding the Lilly Belle at the Studio. Video courtesy of The Walt Disney Family Museum.
To watch a short biography of Walts life:
Walt and Lillian Disney with unnamed friend, London, 1935.
Walt Disney in my opinion, is a wonderful example of the American dream! He represents: imagination, optimism, creation, and self-made success in the American tradition. He brought us closer to the future, while telling us of the past, it is certain, Walt Disney was a great man! He and his brother Roy co-founded Walt Disney Productions, which became one of the best-known motion-picture production companies in the world! Disney was an innovative animator and created the cartoon characters we all love to watch today. :) He won 22 Academy Awards during his lifetime, and was the founder of the magical playgrounds that ties us all together, Disneyland and Disney World. Had he been alive today he would be 112 years old! Happy birthday Walt! Thank you so much for believing in your dreams! You are a true inspiration.
In honor of today, it would be fun if we all mentioned our favorite quote from Mr. Disney. I'll go first, I have many, but this one always sticks out:
"I've always been interested in the past and history and I think it's vital."
Thanks for reading and watching! Hope you all have a terrific Thursday!