Disney’s Oldest Competitor Attempts to Grab Mickey’s Spotlight With New Celebration

When we think of the Walt Disney Company, we probably think of dazzling movies such as Frozen (2013), The Lion King (1994), or The Little Mermaid (1989).

If classic Disney movies aren’t coming to mind, then it’s probably the fantastic theme parks making up Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.

But before Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Park, before rides like Jungle Cruise and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and before the movies released by Walt Disney Studios, there were cartoons.

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The charming little shorts starred our favorite pals like Mickey Mouse himself and Donald Duck. Not only that, but they’re very reminiscent of a time when cartoon shorts were genuinely enjoyed by all instead of being targeted mainly at children.

At the time, many animation studios released cartoon shorts, entertaining the whole family, which meant that the Walt Disney Company had so much more competition.

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In the years since, the Walt Disney Company has molded itself into one of the most powerful entertainment companies around, so it can be hard to imagine there ever being any real competition. But back in the day, Disney wasn’t nearly as powerful as it is now…

As the Walt Disney Company begins celebrating its Disney100 event commemorating its 100th anniversary, one of its oldest competitors has emerged from the shadows, taking a stab at stealing the spotlight…

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As it turns out, Warner Brothers, the studio behind many iconic and revolutionary staples in entertainment history, such as The Wizard of Oz (1939), the Harry Potter series, the Looney Tunes series, and the Tom & Jerry series, is also celebrating its 100th anniversary.

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You may have seen advertisements such as this one promoting the event and its celebration.

While this may bring some attention back onto the studio, there’s ultimately not much that can be done to take the spotlight from a powerhouse like Disney, especially when its Disney100 celebration includes special additions to several of its theme parks.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.