Friday, February 22, 2008

Toon Talk: Disney Goes to the Oscars

"Isn't it bright and shiny? Aren't you proud, Mr. Disney?"

Those words were spoken by the then-biggest movie star in the world to the creator of another global phenomenon, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The night was February 23, 1939, and the occasion was the 11th Annual Academy Awards. Walt Disney was being honored for his latest contribution to the world of film, the first American full-length animated feature.

At the time, Walt already had nine Oscars, but this one was a little different: a one of a kind tribute to his blockbuster hit about a fairy tale princess and her seven little companions. Presented by Shirley Temple, the Academy Award he received that night consisted of one regular size Oscar accompanied by seven smaller ones, all arranged on a pedestal, making for one very unique trophy. One could say Walt took home eight Oscars that night; it would -- by far -- not be his last big haul at Hollywood’s big night.

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