A riveting two-part American Experience on Walt Disney aired on PBS this week. For kids like me, Disney was there like electricity, baseball diamonds, trees and creeks, Mom and Dad, and school in the fall. This documentary shows the potent mix of sweat, inspiration, and conflict that defined Walt's success. As a tribute, here's Miles doing "Someday My Prince Will Come," from Disney's first masterpiece, "Snow White."
Of course we didn't know that Walt was marketing at us big time. His innovations in animation were easily matched by his innovations in merchandising and licensing. For better or worse. Oh, and we can also blame Disney for jump-starting our national obsession with princesses, the bane of every parent of young daughters.