A Touch of Magic by Mike Kupka Represents Imagination, Optimism, Creation, and Self-Made Succes


With his suitcase, and twenty dollars, Walt headed to Hollywood. In 1928 Mickey Mouse was born and after a few successes Walt was able to clench the role of a recognized Hollywood figure. This led to the production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (December 21, 1937), the first full-length animated musical feature, which premiered at the Carthay Theater in Los Angeles. The film produced at the unheard cost of $1,499,000 during the depths of the Depression, the film is still considered one of the great feats and imperishable monuments of the motion picture industry. During the next five years, Walt Disney Studios completed other full-length animated classics such as Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, and Bambi.

In A Touch of Magic, an homage to Walt Disney, Mike Kupka skillfully collages Walt’s signature character around a scene reminiscent of the monumental God Creates Man. A fresco found on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, created by Michelangelo. Though the allusion could be considered hyperbolic, the analogy does carry weight. Who blew life into the world of animation like Walt Disney? Causing us to wonder, what if Walt had created the legacy that is Disney in seven days, and seven night?


Walt Disney is a legend; a folk hero of the 20th century. His worldwide popularity was based upon the ideals which his name represents: imagination, optimism, creation, and self-made success in the American tradition. Also captured in this piece, these ideals are the touch of magic that still linger within the fortress that is Mickey Mouse and Disney.


Written by James Sprang