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Posted: Mar. 11, 2002 10:50 am/pm Quote

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Walt Disney was quoted on many topics of entertainment, his life and career. Here's a sampling from the Disney Editions book, "The Quotable Walt Disney,"  compiled by Disney archivist Dave Smith, available at Amazon.com . . .


On Mickey Mouse:


  • "I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing--that it was all started by a mouse."
  • "Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end. He popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad . . . 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 necessity, the little fellow literally freed us of immediate worry. He provided the means for expanding our organization . . . 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 make people everywhere chuckle with him and at him. We didn't burden him with any social symbolism, we made him no mouthpiece for frustrations or harsh satire. Mickey was simply a little personality assigned to the purposes of laughter."


On the parks:


  • "When I started on Disneyland, my wife used to say, 'But why do you want to build an amusement park? They're so dirty.' I told her that was just the point--mine wouldn't be."
  • "I think what I want Disneyland to be most of all is a happy place--a place where adults and children can experience together some of the wonders of life, of adventure, and feel better because of it."
  • "Disneyland is a work of love. We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money."
  • "Disneyland is like a piece of clay: If there is something I don't like, I'm not stuck with it. I can reshape and revamp."
  • "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning, together with every variety of recreation and fun designed to appeal to everyone."
  • "Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world."
  • "Believe me, it's the most exciting and challenging assignment we have ever tackled at Walt Disney Productions." (on Walt Disney World)."


On children, young and old, and the family:


  • "I do not make films primarily for children. I make them for the child in all of us, whether we be six or sixty. Call the child innocence. 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 the fun and joy of living; showing it that laughter is healthy; showing it that the human species, although happily ridiculous at times, is still reaching for the stars."
  • "Every child is born blessed with a vivid imagination. But just as a muscle grows flabby with disuse, so the bright imagination of a child pales in later years if he ceases to exercise it."
  • "The way to keep children out of trouble is to keep them interested in things. Lecturing to children is no answer to delinquency. Preaching won't keep kids out of trouble. But keeping their minds occupied will."
  • "That's the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget. They don't remember what it's like to be twelve years old. They patronize; they treat children as inferiors. I won't do that. I'll temper a story, yes. But I won't play down, and I won't patronize."
  • "It's a mistake not to give people a chance to learn to depend on themselves while they are young."
  • "To the youngsters of today, I say believe in the future, the world is getting better; there still is plenty of opportunity. Why, would you believe it, when I was a kid I thought it was already too late for me to make good at anything."
  • "Childishness? I think it's the equivalent of never losing your sense of humor. I mean, there's a certain something that you retain. It's the equivalent of not getting so stuffy that you can't laugh at others."
  • "The important thing is the family. If you can keep the family together--and that's the backbone of our whole business, catering to families--that's what we hope to do."
  • "A man should never neglect his family for business."

On America:


  • "Laughter is America's most important export."
  • "Actually, if you could see close in my eyes, the American flag is waving in both of them and up my spine is growing this red, white and blue stripe."
  • "In my view, wholesome pleasure, sport, and recreation are as vital to this nation as productive work and should have a large share in the national budget."



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Posted: Mar. 12, 2002 1:33 am/pm Quote

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Here is a reply found on alt.disney.disneyland about the
Walt Disney quotes:

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Courtesy of the above-posted link...

"Disneyland is like a piece of clay: If there is something I don't like, I'm not stuck with it. I can reshape and revamp."

See?  Walt knew there'd be mistakes....like Rods. Granted, there've been quite a few. But Tomorrowland is just a piece of clay...punch it down flat and build it back up...

Something will turn out eventually.
From: J.J.(EMTboy@cox.net)

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Posted: Mar. 12, 2002 1:35 am/pm Quote

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And here is a reply to the above message, posted on alt.disney.disneyland:
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I prefer play-doh :)

"J.J." <EMTboy@cox.net> wrote in message news:3C8D32FC.2E2B5EFD@cox.net...
> Courtesy of the above-posted link...
>
> "Disneyland is like a piece of clay: If there is something I don't like,
> I'm not stuck with it. I can reshape and revamp."
>
>
> See?  Walt knew there'd be mistakes....like Rods.  Granted, there've
> been quite a few.  But Tomorrowland is just a piece of clay...punch it
> down flat and build it back up...
>
> Something will turn out eventually.

From Doug Tabacco (dtabacco.RemoveTheD@cats.ucsc.edu)

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Posted: Mar. 12, 2002 1:38 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

And another reply on alt.disney.disneyland:

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Doug Tabacco wrote:

> I prefer play-doh :)
>

Silly Putty is the stuff. It's silly, it's putty-like and you can copy/capture Sunday morning comic strips and all sorts of picures and text on it. I vote for "DL is Silly Putty .."

>
> "J.J." <EMTboy@cox.net> wrote in message news:3C8D32FC.2E2B5EFD@cox.net...
> > Courtesy of the above-posted link...
> >
> > "Disneyland is like a piece of clay: If there is something I don't like,
> > I'm not stuck with it. I can reshape and revamp."
> >
> >
> > See?  Walt knew there'd be mistakes....like Rods.  Granted, there've
> > been quite a few.  But Tomorrowland is just a piece of clay...punch it
> > down flat and build it back up...
> >
> > Something will turn out eventually.
> >

From ocS (ocSe1@hutmail.comeride.Screamin')

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Posted: Mar. 12, 2002 1:40 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

And yet another reply, same source:

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"ocS" <ocSe1@hutmail.comeride.Screamin'> wrote in message
news:2Cgj8.9041$P4.743735@newsread2.prod.itd.earthlink.net...
>
>
> Doug Tabacco wrote:
>
> > I prefer play-doh :)
> >
>
> Silly Putty is the stuff. It's silly, it's putty-like and you can copy/capture
> Sunday morning comic strips and all sorts of picures and text on it.
> I vote for "DL is Silly Putty .."

And you can chew on it like gum...I mean, if you really wanted to...ahem...

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From: Josh Scott (hex1955@attbi.com)

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Posted: Mar. 12, 2002 1:42 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

And still another alt.disney.disneyland reply:

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Josh Scott wrote:

> "ocS" <ocSe1@hutmail.comeride.Screamin'> wrote in message
> news:2Cgj8.9041$P4.743735@newsread2.prod.itd.earthlink.net...
> >
> >
> > Doug Tabacco wrote:
> >
> > > I prefer play-doh :)
> > >
> >
> > Silly Putty is the stuff. It's silly, it's putty-like and you can copy/capture
> > Sunday morning comic strips and all sorts of picures and text on it.
> > I vote for "DL is Silly Putty .."
>
> And you can chew on it like gum...I mean, if you really wanted to...ahem...
>

....I've enver chewed on any of the above. I'm know Play Doh isn't toxic(I could read at a young age, even though.. I was pretty young then) .. Not sure about chewing or orally ingesting any modeling clay, colored clay or Silly Putty
though .. never wanted to taste any of them.

Long ago I realized society thruout history has pretty much decided before me that food is to eat and clay and toys are to play with not eat. Also... gum seems to come in better(and differnt) flavors... and not just different colors with I would imagine, relatively the same flavors. If toxic.. Dead is not a favorable flavor IMO.

"These berries taste like ..... burning!"
From ocS (ocSe1@hutmail.comeride.Screamin')

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Posted: Mar. 12, 2002 1:45 am/pm Quote

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This reply on alt.disney.disneyland includes another quote from Walt Disney...

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"All I want you to think about is that when people walk through or ride through or have access to anything that you design, I want them, when they leave, to have smiles on their faces. Just remember that; it's all I ask of you as a designer."
From OFP_857 (jeffsbabb@worldnet.att.net)

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Posted: Mar. 12, 2002 1:46 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

And this alt.disney.disneyland reply responds to an earlier
reply...

"J.J." <EMTboy@cox.net> wrote in message news:3C8D32FC.2E2B5EFD@cox.net...
> Courtesy of the above-posted link...
>
> "Disneyland is like a piece of clay: If there is something I don't like,
> I'm not stuck with it. I can reshape and revamp."
>
>
> See?  Walt knew there'd be mistakes....like Rods.

Rods where not a mistake, they where very fun to ride. It is too bad that they were not cost effective.

>Granted, there've
> been quite a few.  But Tomorrowland is just a piece of clay...punch it
> down flat and build it back up...
>
> Something will turn out eventually.

From Tim Taylor (dtaylor834@sbcglobal.net)

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Posted: Mar. 12, 2002 1:48 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

And then on alt.disney.disneyland, the Fabulous Disney Babe replied:

>> See?  Walt knew there'd be mistakes....like Rods.
>
>Rods where not a mistake, they where very fun to ride. It is too bad that
>they were not cost effective.

They were as cost-effective as the Phantom Boats, which Walt took out for the almost identical reason: they were expensive to run, problematic, and expensive to keep up.

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Posted: Mar. 12, 2002 1:59 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo!

    Another of my favorite Disney quotes, which I didn't think to include in the original message, is this one:

"Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows.

Most things are good, and they are the strongest things, but there are evil things, too, and you could do a child no favor by trying to shield it from reality.

The important thing is to teach a child that good can always triumph over evil."

-Walt Disney

Those words of his are still true to this day. They're something I thought about when telling my young son about the events of September 11th in a way that he would be able to understand, not be overwhelmed by, but still learn from.


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