Laugh-O-Gram Megaphone

By Rick Lorentz, Walt Disney Archives As an Archivist at the Walt Disney Archives, I’m often asked, “What is your favorite thing in the Archives?” and “What is the oldest object in the Archives?” For me, the most interesting pieces are the assets that were once the personal property of Walt Disney.  One example that …

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Walt Disney drawing early laugh-o-grams

Walt’s First Fairy Tales

By the time Walt Disney released Cinderella in 1950, the imaginative impresario was well known as the past master of the animated fairy tale. But few realized just how far back into the past—dating back to the Roaring Twenties in Kansas City, Missouri—Walt first used the relatively new medium of animation to retell the old …

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photo of Walt Disney with Pinocchio Drawings

How a Man Called Walt Became Disney

Becoming Walt Disney, an original D23 Studios short film, traces the path of a one-of-a-kind storyteller from his youth in Marceline, Missouri, and his apprenticeship in Kansas City, Missouri, all the way to his arrival Los Angeles, California, in 1923.

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The Fairy Tales Walt Disney Produced in Kansas City

Before the Alice Comedies, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, and Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney produced one-minute shorts, known as the Newman Laugh-O-grams, for the local Newman cinema chain in Kansas City—a series of six modernized fairy-tale shorts, known as the Laugh-O-grams.

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black and white photo of a young Walt Disney at workbench wearing a full-length apron

Walt’s Wonder Years

D23 catches up with Timothy Susanin, the unlikely author who chronicled Walt Disney’s early life in the definitive biography, Walt Before Mickey

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Alice “Seas” It All

Walt Disney’s first nationally distributed film came to theaters 86 years ago last month. Walt animated it all by himself — and that’s no fish story!

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