“Disney’s 100th Anniversary: Unpacking ‘Once Upon a Studio’ and its 543 Character Extravaganza”

Key Points from the Article

  • Walt Disney Animation Studios’ short “Once Upon a Studio” features over 543 characters from various Disney animations and films.
  • The short film is part of Disney’s 100th anniversary celebration and showcases many well-known characters in a group photo scenario set in the Roy E. Disney Animation Building.
  • Characters include beloved Disney legends like Mickey Mouse, Merlin from “The Sword in the Stone”, Frozen’s Anna and Elsa, and many more.
  • The animation teases viewers with interactions between hand-drawn animation and CG-created characters.
  • The aim of the short film is to surprise and entertain viewers with unexpected cameo appearances from Disney characters.
  • It will be aired as part of ABC’s ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disney’s 100th Anniversary Celebration!’, hosted by Kelly Ripa.

The Realist’s Take

Disney’s pulling out all stops (and stars), from the Sorcerer’s Apprentice to 101 Dalmatians, to celebrate 100 years of enchanting overgrown kids and actual children alike. It’s like Where’s Waldo, but on animation steroids, and with more magic and less stripy outfits. So, get that popcorn ready and brace yourselves for a who’s who of Disney characters as they come to life in a way only Disney can – with a nostalgic nod to hand-drawn animation and a high-five to CGI. Be warned: you might need more than one visit to the Magic Kingdom to catch all 543 cameos. But don’t worry, no wicked stepmothers or poisoned apples included. Now if Goofy could just hold that camera steady for the group photo…Hold those mouse ears high, folks, here’s to another century of Disney dreams!