In honor of Roy Disney
Growing up, I wanted to be an animator for Disney. I realized as I got older that I didn't have the patience. However, I will forever love Disney films and I can't help but owe thanks to Roy for his work with the company and for him standing up for the ideals of his uncle.
I never knew how much Roy did to save the company until I read that article. I remarkable man indeed and a big reason why we had the wonderful animated films we did in the 90's.
Enjoy some lovely tributes to Disney films-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMVMlmuGq00 (granted, this one has a non-Disney film in it but Anastasia was made by Don Bluth, a Disney animator who left when he believed Disney had lost its way- much like how Roy did on several occasions)
Rest in peace, Roy. The world is a better place for you having been it.
And I may have teared up some writing this. And I need to see The Princess and the Frog. Now.
EDIT: Thanks to the kind response this post got I thought it would be nice to share our favorite Disney memories- either in the films or because of the films. I'll go first-
The first Disney movie I saw was The Little Mermaid. A friend of mine got it on VHS when it first came out and we watched it over and over again at her house. After that I was a lost cause. My mom would buy me the tapes when they came out- Beauty & the Beast, The Great Mouse Detective, The Fox and the Hound, The Rescuers Down Under, and Aladdin. The first Disney movie I saw in the theaters was also only the second one I saw with my mom- The Lion King.
I remember begging and BEGGING my mom to take me and she finally relented and took my cousin and I to see it. I remember how much she laughed at the hula scene with Pumba and Timon and the best moment of the film was when the severe weather outside cut the power to the theater during the final fight between Simba and Scar. xD All three of us were so mad- like, "Screw the weather! We wanna see the ending!!!" Eventually, the power kicked back on and we watched the final thrilling minutes of the film.
It was the influence of The Great Mouse Detective that got me interested in and reading the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and wanting to be a detective or someone law related. It was The Lion King that got me really interested in music and art. The first CDs I ever bought were the soundtracks to The Lion King and Pocahontas. I wrote and presented a report on Walt Disney in elementary school and wrote about seeing The Lion King as being one of my favorite Summer memories for that year.
Thank you, Roy, for making all those things possible. Without you, Disney animation would have been lost back in the 80's. You helped to save something that is a part of everyone's childhood. Bless you.
Favorite Disney films anyone?
-The Lion King
-The Little Mermaid
-Beauty & the Beast
-The Hunchback of Notre Dame
-The Rescuers Down Under
-The Great Mouse Detective
-Oliver and Company