Laugh-O-Gram Studio

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Unless you are deeply interested in the animation film industry, the name Laugh-O-Gram Studio, may not sound familiar to many people. This is because the studio did not last very long in the market. However, it played a very important role in the development of animation films as it pioneered some of the best animations during that time. It was founded by Walt Disney who was engaged by Milton Feld to come up with a series of cartoons being displayed as animations. Disney then decided to convince other film producers and investors to advance the project and come up with a film production company.

Being located in Kansas City in the McConaughey Building, more precisely at 1127 East 31st, the directors and producers mostly got their inspiration from their surroundings. It is believed that most of the ideas for their films were drawn from real life scenarios mixed with fantasies. Additionally, some of them were from story books read to the producers during bedtime by their parents. They wanted to create films that were not only relatable, but were also captivating and enjoyable by both adults and children.

Some of the films produced by Laugh-O-Gram Studio include the following:

  • Cinderella
  • Jack the Giant Killer
  • Puss in Boots
  • Newman Laugh-O-Grams
  • Tommy Tucker’s Tooth
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Goldie Locks and the Three Bears
  • The Four Musicians of Bremen
  • Alice’s Wonderland
  • Jack and the Beanstalk

Its Downfall

The major contributing factor for its collapse was bankruptcy as the studio could not sustain itself. The studio was low on finances and could not manage to run efficiently as it was drowning in debt. This problem was majorly caused by the cost of production which was higher than what they got from showing those films. Most of the distributors would not keep their word about paying the whole amount they had promised Disney. The little that was received was invested back into production hence the cycle continued. Unfortunately, the situation got worse with time and even Disney himself was using his office as his home and had to freshen up from stations nearby.

Seeing that the world appreciated animation, Disney was encouraged to continue in his work which he enjoyed very much. It was from the Laugh-O-Gram studio where he got the inspiration to come up with Mickey Mouse which did well and eventually the establishment of The Walt Disney Company. It is believed that the idea for Mickey Mouse evolved when Disney was in financial problems and as he was seated in his office thinking of solutions, he would see mice scrambling for the crumbs in his office. What an amazing way the mind works?

Laugh-O-Gram Studio may have fallen and be overtaken by big film companies right now in the animation world but some of the films it produced are still playing in the cinemas, although in different versions. This is only to say that the work done at the studio was exceptional at that time. With the restorations being done to it to give it a better look and establish it as a museum, the studio will not be forgotten and will linger in people’s minds forever. Its revival in 2015 may also be good news to many people as there may be production of amazing animations in a few years.

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