Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Seriousness of Playing

When you look at a miniature, be it a toy or a model, you immediately imagine a world happening in or through it. In creating such world you act like a god, and in living it in your imagination, you also become a character of it: a creature. In his love of toys and miniatures and in his creation therefrom, Walt Disney brought out the spirit of childhood as the common ground between  ritualistic activity and playing: the right to invent characters; to become a character and to follow scripts. 

   Disney gave shape to the right of giving matter a meaning beyond its appearance: to turn the world into one big story.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Disney Devotion

 Devotion is part of charisma, and it is also a mystery of the heart. It is a link with some sort of transcendent certainty. According to Ward Kimball, Walt believed "devoutly" in his cartoons and could, therefore, convince the bankers to invest in them. Faithfulness to oneself is, paradoxically,  faithfulness to what is beyond oneself. In being so much himself, Walt Disney was also the universal heart of his public.