Good morning! Our dear friend Mike Ellis of My Dreams of Disney dropped by! We are so honored to feature him as our special Guest. Mike says, “I would like to thank my friend Jodi for the opportunity to share with you my thoughts on Walt Disney, the man. Today I’m writing to you about how the influence of Walt Disney has spanned the entire globe, even reaching into the nation of Russia!” Please join us in giving Mike a very warm welcome!
The influence of Walt Disney has been seen all across the world, as you all know. Disneyland Resort opened in 1955, followed by Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom in 1971. There are Disney theme parks in Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and soon Shanghai. Then, there are all of the Disney Cruise Line ports of call, and even Adventures by Disney.
All of us that are Disney fans know that the influence of Walt has been phenomenal, and the Disney name is one that is known across the globe. In fact, Mickey Mouse has even been seen in space!
So I shouldn’t have been surprised when my friend Bonnie showed me a book she found when she was studying abroad. I looked at it, and I was instantly fascinated. It was Beauty and the Beast as we all know and love — but the typeface was in Cyrillic, the official language of Russia!
I immediately stopped what I was doing and asked if I could look at it. The artwork is incredible; it may be that there is even more artwork in the Russian version of the book then there is in the American version.
At this point in my life, I shouldn’t really be surprised at the worldwide influence that Walt Disney has had on all of us. Greatness such as his only comes once in a lifetime, I think, and once it is exposed for part of us to experience, it is only natural that it be shared across the globe.
Bonnie also purchased the Russian version of The Jungle Book, and she let me take a look at it also. As she explained it, in Russia, when you see something you realize is special, you have to get it right then because the market in Russia is so vastly different from that in the United States. There won’t be 20 or 30 copies of something when you are looking to purchase — the one you see is likely the only one they have, so jump at the chance!
I hope you have enjoyed this journey into the exploration of how broad an influence Walt Disney has had on all of the world! Thanks for stopping by!
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Choose your favorite passage from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast or The Jungle Book, and translate it into the Russian language.
(That would be Красота Диснея и чудовище or Книга джунглей.) Google Translate can help!
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Foreign Language
SKILL LEVEL: Middle Grades