Proclamation 5585 -- Walt Disney Recognition Day, 1986
the President of the
Disney's work and the countless characters he created or brought to the screen
-- Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and so many others -- are known the world over.
But if he is both legend and folk hero today, it wasn't always clear that he
was destined to achieve so much. Walter Elias Disney was born in
real harbingers of his future success in this period, however, were the
cartoons he produced in a makeshift studio he built for himself above his
father's garage. In 1923 he went to
Achievements and awards followed in droves. Disney won 30 Academy Awards. He produced the first full-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, in 1937; launched numerous technical innovations in sound and color; produced the first television series in color in 1961; found new and effective ways of combining live actors with cartoon characters in films like Song of the South and Mary Poppins; and everywhere, in classic movies from Fantasia to The Jungle Book, he celebrated the power of delight through music.
standards of excellence Walt Disney upheld in animation extended to his later
productions, from nature films to movie versions of ancient fables, tales of
American heroes, and stories of youthful adventure. His love for technology and
the future, his desire to entertain and educate, and his sense of childlike
wonder led him to establish two popular amusement parks,
Walt Disney's true drawing table was the imagination, his themes were virtues like courage and hope, and his audience was composed of young people -- in years or at heart -- who, through the creations of this American genius, found new ways to laugh, to cry, and to just plain appreciate the ``simple bare necessities of life.''
Congress, by Public Law 99 - 391, has designated
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this 5th day of December, in the
year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-six, and of the
with the Office of the Federal Register, ,