Disneyland: The Plausible Impossible (1956)

Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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In this classic Disneyland episode, host Walt Disney explains that anything is possible in an animated cartoon so long as one establishes "suspension of disbelief" (sometimes literally, as when Mickey Mouse stands in mid-air without realizing that he's in danger of falling). This technique is traced back to the ancient legends and myths of the Egyptians, Greek and Chinese, then is brought up to date with the Mickey Mouse cartoon short Thru the Mirror and a lecture on "The Creation and Believability of Animated Characters"--delivered by none other than Donald Duck. The episode's highlight is the first-ever exhibition of the animated pencil tests for the "soup sequence", a segment conceived for, but ultimately removed from, Disney's first feature-length cartoon Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.