Back in May, I had the opportunity to tour the Walt Disney Studios. When Walt Disney found success with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, one of the things he did was use the new income to build the studio of his dreams. The lot was designed with the process in mind. Buildings designed based the animators request to get the most natural light possible. There were places for animators to relax and get some exercise, the lot looking more like a university than a studio.
When touring the lot today, there are obvious changes, but the heart of the studio remains the same. So, where can you see the influence of Snow White? There are quite a few around the lot. The first example is Dopey Drive. In 1941 the Disney Studio released a movie explaining the process of animation by taking comedian Robert Benchly on a wild tour of the studio lot. The film ended with the animated short: The Reluctant Dragon. There is still a prop created for that film on the studio lot:
Continuing on the tour, we were taken into the old Animation building (it does not house the animators anymore). In the long hallway is a variety of pieces of art including an example of the Queen by Art Babbit. Unfortunately there are no pictures inside the building.
|Seven Dwarfs in the window over a stage|
|Notice the bird nest by Dopey's ear|
|The lobby of the Frank G. Wells building|
|The display cases are changed out periodically featuring different things. Snow White is currently featured to celebrate her 75th anniversary.|
There are three original Mulitplane Cameras left. One is in the lobby of the Frank G Wells building (the others are at the Walt Disney Family Museum and the studios in Paris).
Once inside the archives lobby, there were a variety of things on display including quite a bit from Snow White.
|This is a toothbrush featuring Snow White and the seven dwarfs|
All in all, the tour was great! I will definitely go again. I have many more pictures and stories from the studio lot tour, so look for another post soon!