Walt & Chicago…D23 Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives: Part 2

In my previous article, I showcased the new exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, D23 Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives: http://www.wdwfanzone.com/2013/11/d23-treasures-of-the-walt-disney-archives/   I hope you enjoyed previewing what the exhibit has to offer. In this article, in honor of December being Walt Disney’s birth-month, I wanted to showcase the “Early Years” & “Early Hollywood” sections of the exhibit.  In these sections, the exhibit tells about Walt’s early years in Chicago and Missouri, and how they shaped his desire to become an animator and develop his own animation studio, which would create so many of our beloved movies and characters.

When you first enter the exhibit, you are shown a brief video, about 7 minutes in duration, that gives a brief history of Walt and his legacy. This seems to be intended for both those familiar with Walt Disney and those who are not. I enjoyed the video and would encourage everyone who visits the exhibit to watch it before you began your journey. You do have the option to skip the video and enter the exhibit if you want though.

As you enter, there are various pictures of a young Walt, his parents, and his birthhome in Chicago!


Also in this section, are various letters that Walt wrote, school work, school photographs, and related material…leading from his childhood studies, up until his enlistement in the US Military.  The next section showcases when he decided to leave for Hollywood to pursue his dream of opening an animation studio, as well as his early works, including the Alice shorts, Oswald, and finally Mickey Mouse!

Stock certificate from Walt’s first animation studio venture, Laugh-O-gram Films, Inc.


October 16, 1923  The Disney Brothers Studio is founded when partners Walter E. Disney and brother Roy O. Disney sign a contract with M. J. Winkler to produce a series of animated short subjects entitled the Alice Comedies. This date is recognized as the start of the corporation known today as The Walt Disney Company.  (MSI Press Release)







The original script, typed by Walt himself for Steamboat Willie!


November 18, 1928  Steamboat Willie premieres at the Colony Theater in New York City. The film, considered the first fully synchronized sound cartoon ever produced, is significant as the first Mickey Mouse cartoon released, and it also features the first appearance of Minnie Mouse.  (MSI Press Release)

In my next article, we will look at the early films that Walt created, as well as the animation tools and techniques he created, that would change the way that movies were made.  I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday season and a Happy New Year!

This exhibit is not included in Museum Entry and will require an additional timed-entry ticket, which is $9 for adults and seniors and $7 for children 3-11. Tickets are on sale at msichicago.org. MSI members can purchase exhibit tickets for $4.50 per guest. D23 Gold and Silver Members will receive a special discount on exhibit entry.

For more information about the Museum of Science and Industry, please visit www.msichicago.org.

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