March 2018 Disneybound Challenge, Day 3 – “Fab 5”

Ok, I can’t be the only one who didn’t ‘t realize that Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Pluto are known as the “Fab 5” right? And I consider myself a die-hard Disney fan.

Anyway, moving on…

As I say in the caption, I never really felt much of a connection with these characters and I’m not sure why. Maybe they seem so ubiquitous that I can’t really find a personality or core to connect with.

That said, while I was studying film in college, I got really into animation. And I mean REALLY into it. Disney and non Disney, but the roots of my excitement for the art form and it’s history are in Disney.

I watched Disney documentaries non stop, and devoured all the old films, particularly the shorts.

The sheer innovation of the early days of Disney is astounding. The way the Disney studio tested the limits of animation, constantly striving to improve, see what else was possible with the art form has always inspired me.

“Steamboat Willie” (1928) stands out a mile above the rest for it’s place in animation history – adding synchronized sound to film, just one year after “The Jazz Singer”. Nothing beats watching an inky black and white Mickey steer the boat whistling his heart out, or the perfectly synchronized kitchen scene, banging out a beat on the pots.

My Score: 9/10 – top marks for anchor detail on the shirt, deducted point for not making even one take black and white (face palm).

Instagram score: 31 likes


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