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limited animation was used as a way to create material economically and quickly. High color contract and solid color fields were also widely used, since television laced the resolution of motion pictures and therefore required clearly defined images. In 1965, Walt Disney turned his attention toward the problem of improving quality of urban life in America. He personally directed the design on an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, or EPCOT, planned as a living showcase for the creativity of American industry. Said Disney, I don t believe there is a challenge anywhere in the world that is more important to people everywhere than finding the solution to the problems of our cities. But where do we begin? Well, we re convinced we must start with the public need. And the need is not just for curing the old ills of old cities. We think the need is for starting from scratch on virgin land and building a community that will become a prototype for the future. Disney directed the purchase of 43 square miles of virgin land twice the size of Manhattan Island in the center of the state of Florida. Here, he master planned a whole new Disney world of entertainment to include a new amusement theme park, motel-hotel resort vacation center and his Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. After more than seven years of master planning an preparation, including 52 months of actual construction, Walt Disney World opened to the public as scheduled on October 1, 1971. Epcot Center opened on October 1, 1982. Two trends in the animation industry are likely to have a profound influence on its future: a significant increase in production and exhibition opportunities, and the growing importance of new technologies. Aside from television, the largest influence on the style of recent animation worldwide has come from computer technologies. Experiments with electronic animation began in the 1930 s, but it was not until the late 1970 s that computer animation became imaginable beyond scientific and government applications. Computer-animated special effects and technologies to enhance live-action images have become a dominant characteristic of motion pictures, especially in the action, science fiction and horror areas. During the 1990 s, the Walt Disney company produced an average of one animated feature per year. They released such successes as The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Lion King (1994) and Pocahontas (1995). At the same time, several other Hollywood, California animation studios such as Warner Bros. And Hanna-Barbera, undertook heavy production schedules of feature-length animation, as well as shorts for television. The increasing significance of new technologies in the animation industry is exemplified in the work of American animator John Lasseter who directed Toy Story. The release of this film displayed three-dimensional animation techniques._ Prior to his death on December 15, 1966, Walt Disney took a deep interest in the establishment of California Institute of the Arts, a college level, professional school of all the creative and performing arts. Of Cal Arts, Walt once said, It s the principal thing I hope to leave when I move on to greener pastures. If I can help to provide a place to develop the talent of the future, I think I will have accomplished something. Walt Disney is a legend and a folk hero of the 20th century. His worldwide popularity was based upon the ideas which his name represents: imagination, optimism and self-made success in the American tradition. Walt Disney did more to touch the hearts, minds, and emotions of millions of Americans than any other man in the past century. Through his work, he brought joy, happiness, and a universal means of communication to the people of every nation.