Walt Disney’s Laugh-O-Gram Series

In May of 1922, one Mr. Walt Disney opened a little animation studio in Kansas City Missouri. Laugh-O-Gram studios hobbled along with not much money, teetering on the edge of survival. A local dentist name Thomas McCrum extended the life of the studio for a short while with a $500 commission for Tommy Tucker’s Tooth (1922), the animated tooth that demonstrated the merits of brushing. (Yes, Thomas McCrum is solely responsible for the million animated, self-righteous teeth who lectured you through out your childhood).

But even didactic teeth can’t save an animation studio, and Laugh-O-Gram went Chapter 11 in July of 1923. There’s a lot more to this story, but you probably know the high points. Suffice it to say, Mr. Walt Disney lit out for Hollywood.

Apocryphally, Disney claimed that it was a tame brown mouse who cavorted in is Laugh-O-Gram wastebasket that inspired a certain cartoon mouse.

For more info on Laugh-O-Gram, check out these links:

Or, screw the reading about Laugh-O-Gram. Have a watch instead.

Alice in Wonderland (1923)

Tommy Tucker’s Tooth (1922)

Little Red Riding Hood (1922)

Cinderella (1922)

About prettycleverfilmgal

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Posted on February 2, 2012, in Animation, Genre and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Curious as to what the ‘Danger’ sign referred to in the 1st half of the ‘Alice’ film; it just seemed odd to have it there. But I got a kick out of the actual cat and its bemused reaction to the cartoon mayhem surrounding it.

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