Like all kids and families the whole world over ever since Mickey Mouse first began singing on a steamboat, I have grown up with Disney.
I have read Disney books and comic books, played with Disney toys, and watched Disney cartoons and movies my entire life (I was actually
disappointed when I left the part about Disney characters and came to the part featuring real-life safari animals in a big Disney book many, many years ago, BTW!)
If that isn't all, I have gone with my family to DisneyWorld many
times while growing up in Tampa, Florida during 1970s-1980s. We have also taken family and friends along and I have watched the park change over years, too.
Disney has an ENORMOUS influence on the whole world of animation and cartooning. First, Osamu Tezuka created many manga stories with Disney-like characters in the old days (yes, Lion King
is accidentally similar to Kimba The White Lion
, BTW!) This launched the very beginning of modern manga/anime in Japan. ^_^ Then, the brilliant comic series featuring a plucky little Celtic warrior, Asterix
was created in France by a writer/artist team. The incredible cartooning style is of course, influenced by Disney.
Not only that; Disney really reached everywhere in my personal life. Walt Kelly had once worked at Disney in his youth before he started Pogo
comic strip with very cute-looking animal characters, including Albert Alligator, who became my very first cartoon crush ever. And - my last cartoon crush was Woody Woodpecker, whose creator had quite a story with Disney (Walt Disney himself was forced to give up one of his cartoon creations, Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, who was then dropped in the lap of the young Walter Lantz, who would go on to create the cartoon woodpecker. Otherwise, Mickey Mouse himself would never
have been created in the first place!
Thanks to Disney, I want to be a cartoonist and an animator one day. And that is also why I draw like that, BTW.
Currently, I am enjoying the stories swapped by families about visiting DisneyWorld on Facebook (yes, it continues to sound incredible, especially with new rides, food, meeting up with favorite characters, etc.)
Oh...and I also kind of have a crush on a Disney character at this moment.
(You'll be seeing fanart of him pretty soon, too.)