It's easy to prove that I'M NO FOOL AS A PEDESTRIAN if I
close attention to Jiminy Cricket's admonitions.
This is one of a short series of little television films in
Disney helped to inform viewers about basic safety concerns
and the foolish ways in which lackadaisical folks can hurt
themselves. The story of man's locomotion since caveman
is discussed - did you know Paris had the first sidewalks
for walkers in 1781? Jiminy Cricket, as voiced by the inimitable
Cliff Edwards, is the perfect pedagogue.
Walt Disney (1901-1966) was always intrigued by drawings.
As a lad in Marceline, Missouri, he sketched farm animals
scraps of paper; later, as an ambulance driver in France
the First World War, he drew figures on the sides of his
Back in Kansas City, along with artist Ub Iwerks, Walt
developed a primitive animation studio that provided animated
commercials and tiny cartoons for the local movie theaters.
Always the innovator, his ALICE IN CARTOONLAND series broke
ground in placing a live figure in a cartoon universe.
reversals sent Disney & Iwerks to Hollywood in 1923, where
Walt's older brother Roy became his lifelong business manager
& counselor. When a mildly successful series with Oswald
Lucky Rabbit was snatched away by the distributor, the
character of Mickey Mouse sprung into Walt's imagination,
ensuring Disney's immortality. The happy arrival of sound
technology made Mickey's screen debut, STEAMBOAT WILLIE
(1928), a tremendous audience success with its use of
synchronized music. The SILLY SYMPHONIES soon appeared,
and Walt's growing crew of marvelously talented animators
were quickly conquering new territory with full color,
of depth and radical advancements in personality development,
an arena in which Walt's genius was unbeatable. Mickey's
feisty, naughty behavior had captured millions of fans, but
was soon to be joined by other animated companions:
temperamental Donald Duck, intellectually-challenged Goofy
and energetic Pluto. All this was in preparation for Walt's
grandest dream - feature length animated films. Against
blizzard of doomsayers, Walt persevered and over the next
decades delighted children of all ages with the adventures
Snow White, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Bambi & Peter Pan. Walt never
forgot that his fortunes were all started by a mouse, or
simplicity of message and lots of hard work always pay
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