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A window into how America interprets the world

Disneyland is more valued than ever for its art. The theme park is also revealing how America interprets the world and itself.

Stepping into Disneyland is like stepping into a fantasy storybook. New Orleans Square has a version of a swashbuckling South, with pirates, ghouls and drooping Spanish moss. Frontierland is a take on the Wild West, with the rush for gold and saloons. Tomorrowland is a vision of a retro-fantastic future, which shows thriving US colonies.

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In the 30s and the 40s, Disney movies had artists and animators manually working on sketches and colouring. Drawings were redrawn with every changing movement, with originally created colours mixed and put on the animated characters, creating authentic effects.

Some movies, like Sleeping Beauty, required nearly a million drawings, followed by a tedious colouring process.

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