Because I have just recently completed my first novel, Victorian Town, and continue to hear my main character's voice in my head (Abby), here again is a snippet of information from the time period she travelled to and what she might have seen in the 1800s, mixed with a more modern achievement in animation by the great Walt Disney.
In the mid-19th century, John Barnes Linnett of England, patented the first flip book, called a kineograph (moving picture) - its springy pages created the illusion of movement when "flipped", allowing the pages to spring free, one at a time. It was here, reaching a large audience, when both children and adults alike could thoroughly enjoy their first taste of animation.
It wasn't until 1923, when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Los Angeles, that things began to change immensely in the world of animation. In 1928, Walt Disney created the first cartoon (Steamboat Willie) that included a soundtrack printed directly on the film. It starred, of course, Mickey Mouse.
Here are just ten of the reasons we will always love Walt Disney -
1) He was adventurous though shy and insecure.
2) He didn't care about money.
3) He dreamed big.
4) He talked to animals and made them talk to him.
5) He never gave up.
6) He was inspiring.
7) He was an optimist.
8) He never lost his inner child.
9) He believed in laughter.
***And the tenth reason we will always love Walt Disney:
10) He wasn't afraid of mice.