Once upon a time, in a sweet magical land known as “Disney.” It was a land filled with mice and fairies; however, little did they know that there lives will come to a SHORT stop.
Walt Disney Animation Studios is known for happy pappy films, such as recent films Moana,Frozen, and Tangled These are all well recognized Disney films, however there is a special sense of magic that happens before the movies starts. I’m talking about Shorts! Shorts are typically 5-10 minutes long before the big movie. They show short story ranging from birthday parties to ugly ducklings, they can practically be about anything.
Disney shorts were first introduced October 16, 1923 as the “Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio,” and then later renamed to “Walt Disney Animation Studio.” The founders were, the one and only, Walt Disney, and his younger brother Roy O. Disney; founded right in the city of Angeles. Los Angeles was the very first location where Disney shorts had been released, “Alice Silent Comedies” were the first to be released. The “Alice Silent Comedies,” produced in Kansas Missouri, displayed Virginia Davis as “Alice” going through a live action scene where she is seen with dancing cats, barking dogs and roaring lions throughout the Disney animation studio.
These shorts were later distributed to “Winkler Pictures,” due to Walt’s debt issue. Winkler Pictures was own by MJ Winkler the creator of the hit film “Felix the Cat.” This was just the start, since this was just the jumpstart to their very first full length film. Nevertheless, there were shorts that drove Walt to greatness as he later produced his first full length film, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”
But what do the viewers think of them? “Personally I like to watch shorts because it’s a good surprise when they see them… it allows the audience to get ready for the movie,” states senior Celeste Galindo with glee. Shorts for several people are a way to experience a different kind of movie, according to Design teacher Cheng, “the sound, theme, and the visuals prepare the audience… it’s like an appetizer that allows the mood of the film to set in.”
Although it sounds lovely, according to an anonymous blogger, there are several reasons why short films were made. Here are 5 reasons why:
1)Promotion of a director or filmmaker
2)Educational – to teach or promote a topic or something with meaning to the director
3)Easy way to make a film with a small budget and few actors
4)Easy way for an actor to promote themselves
5)A good way to experiment controversial or new themes or plots
They are several reasons behind shorts, but all in all, a Disney short to anyone is another example of movie magic. It is like, “watching Youtube videos… there addicting,” said Celeste Galindo. So next time you're in the movie theater, make sure you take a SHORT glimpse at the big screen.
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