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  1. Studio “Before Mickey Mouse, before the Fairbanksian mustache, and even before the Alice comedies, came Walt Disney’s Laugh-O-grams. Disney’s first animated films began in 1920 as after-work projects when Disney was a commercial artist for an advertising company in Kansas City. He made these cartoons by himself and with the help of a few friends.

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  2. The Laugh-O-Gram Studio (also called Laugh-O-Gram Studios) was a short-lived film studio located on the second floor of the McConahay Building at 1127 East 31st in Kansas City, Missouri that operated from June 1921 to 1923. In the early years of animation, the studio was home to many of the pioneers of animation, brought there by Walt Disney.

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  3. Jul 16, 2020 · The obsolete Laugh-O-Gram studio in Kansas City eventually fell into ruin, but was later restored by Thank You Walt Disney, a local organization funded by the Disney family. The building is now...

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    Laugh-O-Gram Studio was a film studio located on the second floor of the McConahay Building at 1127 East 31st in Kansas City, Missouri. The studio played a role in the early years of animation: it was home to many of the pioneers of animation, brought there by Walt Disney, and is said by some to be the place to have provided Disney with the inspira...

    On May 23, 1922, Walt Disney with Ub Iwerks took the remaining assets of the defunct Iwerks-Disney Commercial Artists and along with $15,000 raised from local investors merged them with Laugh-O-Grams. With the help of Frank Newman, Disney signed a deal with Milton Feld to produce a 1-minute reel per week featuring local news and public-service curt...

    Disney told interviewers later that he was inspired to draw Mickey by a tame mouse at his desk at Laugh-O-Gram Studio in Kansas City, Missouri. "They used to fight for crumbs in my waste-basket when I worked alone late at night. I lifted them out and kept them in wire cages on my desk. I grew particularly fond of one brown house mouse. He was a tim...

  4. Occupying nearly 2,500 square feet on the second floor of the building was Disney’s first business, Laugh-O-Gram Studio, where he and fellow animators and friends would begin lifelong careers in animation.

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  6. Jul 31, 2021 · The historic Laugh-O-gram Studio was struck by a vehicle, according to the nonprofit group Thank You Walt Disney. The studio, located on the 1100 block of E. 31st Street in Kansas City, has been...

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