Editor's Note:Some of you may have noticed my recent absence but some serious and unexpected family health concerns have arose that prevented me from my weekly posts. Hopefully, health and momentum will return soon. With that said…
All artistic endeavors are in some way, large or small, a product of the times in which they are produced. In addition, we define ourselves by the art that we absorb, and in most cases the experiences we have as children create the longest-lasting impacts on the our means of expression, our outlook on life, and the legacies that we leave to our children. From the father that watches Star Wars for first time in his son’s eyes to the daughter who is told the story of Cinderella and knows that her mother believes in rising above ones circumstances, we all have experiences we want to relive again and eventually share with our children.
Multiple generations have now grown-up with the art of Imagineering, and in many ways, have attractions that identify their childhood experiences of coming to Disneyland and then Walt Disney World. Children of the 1950s often think of Peter Pan’s Flight or the Jungle Cruise as their most fond memories. The 1960s contain most of the landmark attractions that we today regard as masterpieces from the Enchanted Tiki Room to Pirates of the Caribbean, from the Carousel of Progress to the Haunted Mansion, this generation has seemingly no end to the praise and recognition it is given. The 1970s gave us the Country Bears and Space Mountain. The 1980s saw an explosion of activity, most of this was focused on the characteristically optimistic attractions of EPCOT Center. World of Motion, the Journey into Imagination, Spaceship Earth, and finally Horizons were all attractions the epitomized the cultural mindset of the age: with everything we know and everything we’re doing, Nothing Is Impossible. If We Can Dream It We can Do It!
Unlike the generations that preceded it, children of the 80’s have no unabashedly positive future worlds to visit today. The visions that shaped our perception of what the future could be, have been changed, ripped-out, covered-up or demolished. These are the “Lost Classics”. A once bright white-hot revelation of the future has dimmed to gray. But there is hope for the Future; the signs are everywhere, in film, merchandising, in architecture, color, and tone EPCOT Center is slowly returning. The classical look of the “Center” is gaining popularity all the time. As current attractions go out of favor, the Imagineers will look to the past to recreate the future. Although, nothing is ever as it was, what was can always return in new and exciting ways.
To the generation that grew-up with thinking it’s fun to be free. And the children who chose their own flight back to the Futureport.
To those who believe true global communication is the key to understanding. And especially to everyone who fell in love with an imaginative baby dragon and his creator The E82 Historical Essay Series is greatly dedicated.
Before we begin to celebrate our upcoming events, E82 would like to take a moment to observe the passing of artist Robert McCall. He took us well beyond the world of 2001, into a beautiful and optimistic vision of the future, and with his paints and brushes blended art and science into one. He and his uplifting spirit will be greatly missed.
Robert T. McCall 1919 – 2010
For more information about his life’s work please visit… http://www.mccallstudios.com/