Walt and the Hyperion Days

Okay, I can't tell you much about this photograph except to say it was taken during the Disney Hyperion days back in the thirties. Clearly, things were going well for Walt as he shows off his snazzy new vehicle. I love going through this stash of old photographs because it provides insight into a studio I never really knew.

I remember walking through stage three on the Walt Disney studio lot some years ago. The art directors and set designers had constructed a movie set that seems to have been inspired by Walt Disney's Silverlake production facility. I honestly had no idea if the set designers followed the Hyperion studio plans or if they even had acess to that material. What they did come up with was an environment that felt very much like Walt's 1930's studio and it truly resonated with me because it almost felt like a trip back in time. Had I looked out of the window I was convinced I'd see 1930's Silverlake with all the old vehicles driving up and down Hyperion Boulevard.

I've often wondered why the Disney Company never took the opportunity to exploit their rich legacy. If the story simply restricted itself to the nineteen thirties and the young striving cartoon studio alone. Boy, what a story that would make. Think of the time period, the music and fashion of the time. Think of a facility filled with eager, talented young men and women practically creating a new medium that would ultimately change Hollywood and the movie business. Think of a dynamic leader like Walt Disney being the "Steve Jobs" of his time. What a story that would make. I don't know about you, but I'd sure pay good money to see such a film.

Of course, I know the movie business is ultimately a business and studios want to produce stuff they can sell. While there's always room for a fair number of fantasy films, super heroes and inane cartoons, it sure would be nice to have something of substance every now and then. Such a film wouldn't even be that expensive to produce. After all, there's no expensive sets to build or costly special effects to produce. It would simply be the story of one of the most fascinating men of our time. Sounds like a pretty good idea to me. Then again, what do I know?


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I love photos of the Hyperion studio.

Walt is driving a Packard Roadster, could be a 1931 model. In those days Packard was one of the top luxury makes.

January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Kazaleh

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