Walt Disney - Multiplane Camera

Walt Disney created animated films and invented the multiplane camera.

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Walt Disney (1901-1966) the creator of the animated character Mickey Mouse, also invented the multiplane camera used for animation.

Walt Disney was granted U.S. patent 2,201,689 for his "art of animation" camera on May 1, 1940. The multiplane camera was used in the Walt Disney Studios during the thirties and forties to create countless animated pictures.

Multiplane Camera - Properties

The multiplane camera used stacked planes of glass each painted with different elements of a cell animation.
The multiplane allowed the animator to re-use the same background, foreground, or any elements not in motion, saving hours of labor. The exposure differences for each plane of glass was calculated.

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Introduction < Walt Disney - Multiplane Camera

“I hope that we never lose site of one thing: that it was all started by a Mouse.” - Walt Disney

History of Mickey Mouse

According to Disney World, Mickey Mouse's official birthday is November 18, 1928 when he made his film debut in Steamboat Willie at the Colony Theatre in New York City. This was the first Disney cartoon with Mickey Mouse in it released.
However, the first cartoon starring Mickey Mouse was Plane Crazy in 1928, it was the third Disney cartoon released. Mickey Mouse has since starred in over 120 Disney cartoons.

The Mickey Mouse Image

Mickey Mouse’s image is the most reproduced in the world. Over 7,500 items bear his likeness. Jesus is number two, and Elvis is number three. Mickey Mouse's likeness was conceived by Walt Disney and first drawn together with artist Ub Iwerks.

Who Speaks for Mickey Mouse

The first person to voice Mickey Mouse was Walt Disney himself. The next person was Jim Macdonald who held on to that position for a long time. As of today, Wayne Allwine now provides the voice for Mickey Mouse.

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