My wife, son, and I had the chance to see Jungle Book this past week, and as I expected, it was great.
After it was over, it got me thinking about all the great animated Disney/Pixar movies we’ve watched over the years.
- Oliver and Company (probably my favorite; starring Billy Joel)
- Toy Story (all of them)
- Finding Nemo
- Lion King
- Beauty and the Beast
- Little Mermaid
And here’s a couple we’ve wanted to see but haven’t gotten around to it yet:
- Inside Out
There has also been some great non-animated Disney movies over the years as well:
- Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
- 101 Dalmatians
- The Mightly Ducks
- Remember the Titans
It’s the same at its theme parks as well. We’ve gone a few times, and we’ve never had a bad visit. It really is the happiest place on earth.
It’s this continued pattern of excellence, seemingly across all of its divisions, that makes Disney one of my favorite companies.
I’ve often wondered what it’s like to work at Disney; is the culture as creative and fun as its movies and theme parks? Are its workers the happiest employees on earth?
I often use Disney as an example of a company that succeeds in attracting and keeping customers from cradle to grave. It has TV shows and software aimed at the very youngest, followed by its animated movies, to its theme parks, its cruises, and finally the chance to live in the Disney-inspired town of Celebration, FL.
And all of this because of the vision of one man, Walt Disney. It’s hard to comprehend what an impact he has had in terms of not only bringing happiness to millions and millions of people, but all of the jobs he has created, both at Disney, as well as in the Disney ecosystem of hotels and other tourist attractions in places like Orlando.
Walt Disney dealt with several setbacks in his life; here is the story of one of the more famous ones:
Walt formed his first animation company in Kansas City in 1921. He made a deal with a distribution company in New York, in which he would ship them his cartoons and get paid six months down the road. He was forced to dissolve his company and at one point could not pay his rent and was surviving by eating dog food.
But through all this Walt remained committed to his vision, and for that I am grateful. And I know I’m not alone.