The Evolution of Disney is the Evolution of Animation

By  · Published on December 5th, 2016

A new video tracks the studio’s releases from Snow White to Zootopia.

Animation perhaps more so than any other genre is representative of how far film has come in its relatively short lifespan. What began as a brief treat for kids before the main feature has become one of the most dominant and lucrative fields of film, and its evolution is parallel to the evolution of technology’s influence on the medium, as its growth and increased popularity are parallels to those of the art form at-large.

And Disney, without a doubt more so than any other animation purveyor, is king of the realm. Since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, the studio has been at the forefront of its field and the accompanying technology. They have reinvented the game time and again to the point not only are they unparalleled, they are unrivaled. Indeed to many people around the world “Disney” has become like “Band-Aid” or “Jello:” a brand name equated not with a particular type or specific make of a product, but with the product itself.

In the following video from Bora Barroso, the evolution of Disney is traced from its early glory through its classic era, into the golden age of the early 1990s and right up to the present day, when it continues to dominate the field. It should be noted there are no Pixar collaborations here, these are all strictly Mouse House output. Even with those significant contributions left off the list, it’s still easy to see the astonishing strides the genre has made over the last 80 years, as it is to imagine where things could go over the course of the next 80.

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