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I went to Kansas City in August of 2009 because historian Cydney Millstein said I had to come and see an incredible piece of history. By the looks of it, there really is nothing to the old building that once was Laugh-O-Gram studios. It is Walt Disney’s first animation studio and the place where Mickey Mouse was created. But the story behind it and the realization that it was left to fall apart is as stark as its crumbling bricks.
The Year+ That Followed
I came back home with the material we shot knowing I had a real treat for history buffs and nostalgic entertainment lovers alike.
For over a year I have been working on trying to get this piece together.
As you know, 2011 brought many incredible news events with huge global impacts, so a historical entertainment story wasn’t a priority and for good reason.
Walt Disney’s 110th Birthday
In the end it all worked out just right because Walt Disney’s 110th birthday was today and it was the perfect time to release this piece.
So without further ado I present to you (above) the story of how Thank You Walt Disney is working to revive an incredibly important part of entertainment history in Kansas City, Missouri.
And if you want to know more about Architectural Historian and Preservationist Cydney Millstein please visit her website.