Walt Disney’s First Studio
The picture above shows the humble beginnings of one of the most influential men in the history of cinema, Walt Disney. Here, Walt and his brother Roy are posing outside of their first animation studio.
The photograph was taken in Los Angeles in 1923, back when Disney animation was getting started as Disney Brothers Cartoon Studios. This first studio was nothing much, merely the back room of a realty company’s office, but with the eventual success of the pair’s films and characters. In 1928 they would move into a larger abode to house their studio and would shorten the name of their enterprise to just Disney Studios. In later years, Disney would break ground by producing the first ever animated feature film when they created Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Continuous success with films like Fantasia then solidified the Disney brothers’ place in film at the time.
While the two were making film after film, Walt began to focus on his more personal dreams. He decided he wanted to build a theme park that would be safe and fun for the whole family. This would eventually become the world famous Disney World. He also began work on projects he had hoped would improve urban living for America. EPCOT and the Community of Tomorrow would come as the final fruits of Walt Disney’s imagination as he would pass away in 1966. Roy would go on to rename the company Walt Disney Studios in memory of his brother. The entertainment empire was created by these men in a tiny little back studio. They embody the American Dream and this photograph makes the humble beginning of their legend apparent.