You know, it kind of sucks that today isn't day 290. That would be seriously awesome. Why? Because today is a very special day in the world of Disney! And you know what that means! Time for your Disney history, early!
Today in Disney History: 1923: The Disney Brothers Studio is founded as a partnership the day after Walt and his older brother Roy sign a contract with M.J. Winkler (A New York Cartoon distributor) to produce a series of animated short subjects entitled Alice Comedies. At this time, the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio is located on Kingswell Ave in Los Angeles, California. It is a structure that the brothers are renting - although in February 1924 they will move into the building next door, taking over the whole first floor. On this day, Walt also pens a letter to the parents of actress Virginia Davis persuading them to move to Hollywood (From Kansas City) so that she can star in his new combination live-action and animated shorts.
Yes, that means that today is the official birthday of the Walt Disney Company!
While there are many other birthdays we celebrate in the realm of Disney, this is, honestly, one of the most important. If the Disney Brothers Studio had not begun, then we wouldn't have all of the theme parks, or those classic movies we love. We wouldn't have any of the Disney Channel movies that my generation grew up with (I note this because my roommate and I were legitimately just talking about this).
Overall, our world would probably be pretty sad without the Disney company! Am I right, or am I right? Seriously, just think about how much would be different! Animation as a whole would be different. Many of your favorite NON-DISNEY movies probably wouldn't exist. That really is how much Walt Disney and his company did to change the face of entertainment.
And, oh gosh...there wouldn't be any Once Upon a Time. Or us. There's a fair chance that many of us wouldn't even exist. Legitimately.
Anyways, here's to a very happy 90th Birthday, Walt Disney Studios! Hope it's been a great one!
Have a magical day!