Fun Find Friday
August 24, 2012
Location: Buena Vista Street, Disney California
It's time for a history lesson class!
When Walt Disney was 18 years old he got one of his
first jobs in animation. While there he met a man that would stick
by his side throughout the majority of his career in some way,
shape, or form. The man's name? Ub Iwerks. When Walt began
Laugh-O-Grams in 1922, Ub became the chief animator for the new
studio. Unfortunately (but fortunately for us), Laugh-O-Grams didn't
pan out and Walt made the move to California in 1923 to create a
brand new studio, which also inspired Buena Vista Street!
When Walt started up his new company (which is the
one we all know and love today), Ub joined him. Eventually Ub would
become the main animator that helped design the overall look of
Mickey Mouse and is credited with fully animating Mickey during
Steamboat Willie. Eventually Ub would head off and try and make a
name for himself, but after minimal success he eventually made his
way back to Disney and showed he wasn't just an amazing animator,
but quite the innovator as well!
Ub began to specialize in special effects for films
like Song of the South, 101 Dalmatians, and more. He would
eventually dabble in Imagineering with his son Don. Together the two
of them created the Circle Vision camera and would eventually both
be named Disney Legends. I know what you are thinking, how does this
connect with Buena Vista Street? Let's take a look at the picture
Sitting above Elias and Company (named after Walt's
father, but that's a whole different Fun Find Friday waiting to be
written) you will find the above balcony. Sitting upon the wall of
the balcony is the sign which reads, "Eye Works: Special Optometric
Process". The Eye Works is a play on Ub's last name, Iwerks, and
mentions that he is indeed a specialist in special effects.
With this balcony being one of the first things
guests see after entering Disney California Adventure, it's nice to
know that the man who believed in Walt's dream and moved to
California with him gets some recognition for being there at the
start of Walt's own California Adventure.
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