Once upon a time there were two brothers who had the dream to create a little film studio where they would make Laugh-o-Grams and Alice Comedies for all the little boys and girls. In 1923 they scraped their money together, purchased a studio in Hollywood and began making short cartoons.
By 1934, the pair had created two successful cartoon series and Walter, the younger brother, had started plans to create the first full-length animated film. Roy, the elder brother, tried to talk Walter out of his folly, but Walter pressed on and in 1937 "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was shown to bedazzled audiences.
Walter, otherwise known as Walt Disney, and his brother, Roy Oliver Disney, went on to create a world renowned studio that has now produced well over 300 films.
This year, new movies like "Winnie the Pooh," "Newt" and the sequel to "Cars" are joining Disney's large collection and causing teens to go wild. In anticipation of these new films, Top of Utah teens talked about their love of Disney flicks.
Of the 300 Disney films, it seems every teenager has their favorite. Some enjoy the films because of the catchy tunes, like Kimberly Francis, a junior at Clearfield High.
Kimberly's favorite Disney movie is "Aladdin," because "it's not your average princess story" and, of course, "it has fun songs."
"My favorite is definitely 'Anastasia.' It's so different than the typical Disney movie," said Megan Furch, a senior at Northridge High.
Uplifting messages also give Disney movies a timeless appeal like "Tangled," which, according to Bekki Smith, a Clearfield High junior, is "based mostly on finding out who you are."
"The Lion King" is the pick of Kimber Greenlese, a senior at Syracuse High: "It's been my favorite because when I was little I used to watch it over and over and over, and I just love the music and the story. It's just a fantastic movie."
Kelsie Cox, a junior at Northridge High, said, "'Cinderella' is the greatest Disney movie. It's the story of what every girl wants and dreams of from when they are little!"
Whether you like the dorky blue fish Dory, from Disney and Pixar's "Finding Nemo," or Dopey from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," everyone has at least one favorite Disney character.
"It would have to be Dash ("The Incredibles") because I like the way he thinks ... and he's fast," said Jaron Davidson, a sophomore at Northridge High.
Alison Corn, a Bonneville High sophomore, loves Tramp from "Lady and the Tramp" the most, "because he likes to explore and have adventure but he is a bad guy that changes and becomes a better person."
Tinker Bell rates tops with Natasha Nelson, a sophomore at Northridge.
"I don't know why, I've just always liked her since I was a little girl," Nelson said.
Nikki Nye, a junior at Clearfield High, said, "My favorite characters would be Shang, Mulan, Mushu and the princes, because they're cute. Well, except I don't like the Beast; he looks better as a beast than a human."
" 'Mulan' is not only the best movie by far, but the best princess," said Kalee Kirby, a senior at Northridge. "Everyone always forgets her but she's so cool! "
Even though we all have our favorites, there are a few films that teens don't like. Smith, for instance, said, " 'Snow White' is utterly boring."
Greenlese agrees: "She's like 12 and getting married and I don't like her voice much."
Syracuse junior Alexi Schoonover dislikes "Bambi," and who can blame her after watching Bambi's mommy get shot?
Brandon Ward, a sophomore at Clearfield, says that his least favorite character is "Daffy Duck, because he's just annoying."
And Francis says that "The Little Mermaid" is her least favorite, "because Ariel gets married at 16 and I think that's ridiculous."
"I'm not a fan of the older original Disney movies," added Tyson Steed, a Syracuse High sophomore. "They're too girly and all about princesses and true love. I like the more modern ones like the 'WALL-E' and 'Finding Nemo.' Those are really good and more fun!"
Sometimes sequels can be overdone. As Tanner Smith, a sophomore at Northridge High, said, "I love the 'Toy Stories' but 'Cars 2' seems kinda stupid to me."
Why are these characters and the journeys they take us on so important?
"It's an American tradition," said Davidson at Northridge. "If you haven't ever seen a Disney show, then your life isn't even close to being complete."
Nye said Disney's movies have made a real impact on her life because, "You know there's always a happy ending."
Greenlese added, "I love the songs and connecting with the characters."
In the end, Walt and Roy Disney lived happily ever after, working hard to bring their dreams to life in a magical world where apples and spindles can put someone into a coma, fuzzy critters can talk, and toys can come to life. The brothers are the perfect example of how our dreams can come true, as long as we put in a little hard work of our own -- and maybe just a pinch of pixie dust.
Madison Ostberg is a sophomore Bonneville High School. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.