Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Disney Real Reality


Some people think that Walt Disney has granted his audience with escape from reality. Others, like me, are sure he granted us a greater degree of reality, a reality in which life is not only survival, but givingness, not just something to be paid for, but to create with.

4 comments:

SamLand said...

As John Hench always said, the challenge for the Imagineers was always to create an “enhanced reality” that is “better than real”.

Unless you can provide the appropriate background you cannot proceed to create the "plausible impossible" for the storyline.

Great stuff. Thank you.

Duvivier said...

I agree with what you said. But I am talking of Walt's commitment to entertainment in a broader way, as a state of being, like when he told Diane Miller that his uncle Ed ( who just wondered the woods and fed animals) represented fun in its purest form.

SamLand said...

Like a hammer who sees every opportunity as a nail, I tend to default towards the environmental design side of things. With your help I am struck by two comments that Walt made. Tell me if I am understanding this correctly.

"The American child is sensitive, humorous, open-minded, eager to learn, and has a strong sense of excitement, energy, and healthy curiosity about the world in which he lives. Lucky indeed is the grown-up who manages to carry these same characteristics into adult life. That’s the real trouble with the world. Too many people grow up."

This comment from Ray Bradbury who shared the notion of optimal behaviorism with Walt:

I ask of you and others optimal behavior, and if you behave every day, and get your work done, and do it with love, at the end of a day, a week, a month, a year, whatever, you have a feeling of optimism – because you have done your work.

You continue to hit on a deep understanding of his impact and I am trying to see how that has manifested itself in the built environment and how one could possible duplicate his intentions. Just love your stuff.

Duvivier said...

It is no small task finding the words to translate Walt's impact on the built environment, the idea is great and I think you are making it! For me, one of the things that shows the unique blending of power and reverence of Walt's personality is the fact he made Disneyland on a scale, so that it has this toy like quality and, yet, the seriousness and credibility of intensity.