Wednesday, July 29, 2009

AWEsome Walt Disney

CG Jung had a lifelong fascination with experiences that are awe inspiring. For Jung, always in search of the transcendence of the human psyche, such experiences formed the most important aspect of his work.
It was genius of Richard Benefield to say that:"From Steamboat Willie to Pinocchio to EPCOT, Walt Disney's unyielding ambition was to ignite a sense of wonder and to enrapture audiences through great storytelling,"
Mr. Benefield said it all!
In case one didn't put two plus two: "Wonder" is defined in Webster as a feeling of awed astonishment aroused by something extraordinary.
Can one imagine Disney's greatness of soul in his "unyielding ambition to ignite a sense of wonder" in his audience?

Monday, July 27, 2009

Psychically Disney

Kim Peterson said one of the most beautiful things I heard about "From Mars to Marceline". She was commenting about how philosophic and yet emotional the book is, and added:
"It is emotional in a different way, it is psychically emotional!"

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Walt Disney and Disney

Walt Disney is the soul, Disney the cause. Beyond Walt Disney's working for a living, or for success, or even for creativity's sake, Disney is that ideal he upheld in such self-detachment and love so as to defer his own life to it. Disney is that entity that, when Walt passed, allowed fans to take a step beyond their loss and morning in order to care for Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, as it (Disney) put forth their images crying, and to expect them to become happy and funny again. Like Mickey Mouse is said to be Walt's alter ego, Disney is the complying with Walt's deferral of identity, with his endless generosity.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Disney Infinite Affection

Is it possible to imagine the immensity of affection of Walt Disney's heart in his identifying with cuddly, cute, uplifting, example of integrity, safety-inspiring little Mickey? With a character that is available in so many sizes and softness to be hugged by all?
Returning from Anaheim, where I gave a presentation of "From Mars to Marceline" at the NFFC's writers panel, I was looking at the 10 inch Mickey Mouse doll I bought at Disneyland to add to the other sized Mickeys I have with my family, and this one thought about Mickey/Disney popped into my mind.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Fitzgeraldian Walt Disney

".....those reveries provided an outlet for his imagination, a satisfactory hint of the unreality of reality; a promise that the rock of the world was founded securely on a fairy's wing "
This is one of the most beautiful, concise and poetic Scott Fitzgerald's descriptions. Would there be any better way to describe Walt Disney? Even though Fitzgerald wrote them about a fictitious character?
Is there any better way to describe Walt Disney's "unreality of reality?"
Or to verbally convey the reality of fantasy?

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Prophetic Walt Disney

I've just watched again "Alice in Cartoon land". It is all there: Young Walt Disney offering, through the otherworldly eyes of a child (V Davis) the world he was to develop, give color and multi dimension in the years to come. The "nouvelle vague" kind of short is absolutely beautiful in its simplicity and foresight! It also tells one a lot about Walt in the respect he bows his head with to the little girl that mischievously knocks on his door, and in the infinite care he shows her around. That short should be constantly playing, perhaps at the entrance of every Magic Kingdom, or any Disney place, for all to see.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Disney Mystical Generosity

In rendering the material and the emotional element equally alive and responsive to each other in animation, Disney makes them mutually giving.
Communication between heterogeneous realities has the immense generosity of the mystical, that which finds a single heart for matter and spirit, or, on a broader level, for human characters and the circumstances around them.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Transcendent Disney

Through Mickey,Walt Disney expresses full awareness of his own
atunement to transcendence. In the article Th e Cartoon’s Contribution
to Children (Overland Monthly vol. 91) he says of Mickey:
“…we see to it that nothing ever happens that will cure his faith in
the transcendent destiny of one Mickey Mouse…”
And further:
“…the Mickey audience is made up of parts of people, of that
deathless, precious, ageless, absolutely primitive remnant of something
in every world wracked human being which makes us play with
children’s toys and laugh without self-consciousness at silly things,
sing in bathtubs and dream and believe that our babies are uniquely
beautiful. You know…the Mickey in us.”