Over at our place, we're sure of just one thing: everybody in thewas once a . So in planning a new picture, we don't think of grown-ups, and we don't think of children, but just of that fine, clean, unspoiled spot down deep in every one of us that maybe thehas made us forget and that maybe our pictures canrecall. .
Once ahas tastedhe will never be content to be a . That is why Ithat this frightfulness we see everywhereis only temporary. Tomorrow will be better for as long askeeps alive the ideals of freedom and a better . All men will want to be free and share our way of life. There must be so much that I should have said, but haven't. What I will say now is just what most of us are probably thinking every day. I thankand America for theto live and raise my family under the flag of ,and freedom. .
To all who come to thisplace: Welcome. Disneyland is your . Here age relives fondof the , and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the . Disneyland is dedicated to the , the , and the hardthat have created ; with thethat it will be a source ofandtothe . .
As the originalbudget of five million dollars continued to grow, I never saw a sadaround the entire Studio. And this made me nervous. I knew the picture would have to gross 10 million dollars for us to break even. But still there was no negative head-shaking. Noof doom. Even Roy was happy. He didn't even ask me to show the unfinished picture to a banker. The horrible thought struck me — suppose the staff had finally conceded that I knew what I was doing. .
Until a character becomes ait cannot be . Without personality, the character may door interesting things, but unless people are able to identify themselves with the character, its actions will seem unreal. And without personality, a story cannot ring true to the audience. .
I don'tthere's a challenge anywhere in thethat's more important toeverywhere than finding solutions to the problems of our cities. But where do we begin — how do we start answering this great challenge? Well, we're convinced we must start answering the public . And the need is not just for curing the old ills of old cities. We think the need is for starting from scratch on virgin land and building a special kind of newthat will always be in a state of becoming. It will never cease to be a living blueprint of the , where people actually live a life they can't find anywhere else in the world. .
is, to me, aof . He was a means to an end. He popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner. Born of , the little fellow literally freed us of immediate . He provided the means for expanding our organization to its present dimensions and for extending the medium of cartoon animation toward new entertainment levels. He spelled production liberation for us. .
All we ever intended for him or expected of him was that he should continue to makeeverywhere chuckle with him and at him. We didn't burden him with any social , we made him no mouthpiece for frustrations or harsh .was simply a little personality assigned to the purposes of . .
I do not make films primarily for . I make them for the child inof us, whether we be six or sixty. Call the child "". The worst of us is not without innocence, although buried deeply it might be. In my work I try to reach and speak to that innocence, showing it theandof living; showing it thatis ; showing it that the human species, although happily ridiculous at times, is still reaching for the . .
We felt that the public, and especially the , like animals that are cute and little. I think we are rather indebted tofor the idea. We wanted something appealing, and we thought of a tiny bit of athat would have something of the wistfulness of Chaplin — a little fellow trying to do the best he could. .
Somehow, I can'tthat there are any heights to be scaled by a man who knows theof makingcome . The special secret it seems to me is summarized in four C's. They are , ,and Constancy. And the greatest of all is Confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably. .
Disneyland is something that will never be finished. It's something that I can keep developing. It will be a live, breathing thing that will need . A picture is a thing, once you wrap it up and turn it over to Technicolor, you're through. Snow White is a dead issue with me. But I can change the park, because it's . .
, if it's really convincing, can't become dated, for the simplethat it represents a flight into a dimension that lies beyond the reach of . In this new dimension, whatever it is, nothing corrodes or gets run down at the heel or gets to look ridiculous like, say, the celluloid collar or the bustle. .
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