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Friday, July 25, 2008

Walt and Ub Sharing a Patent

Did you know there is one patent that has Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks as shared inventors? Well, now you do!

On the date of the very first anniversary of Disneyland, Walt and Ub filed the patent application for a method of filming a 360 degree panoramic film using eleven 16mm Kodak Cine-Special cameras (and projecting them in 16mm). The first showing of Circarama was on opening day July 17th, 1955, a "Tour of the West", followed in 1960 by the glorious "America the Beautiful".
The patent was granted June 28th, 1960.


Later the system was altered to utilize nine 16mm Arriflex cameras, projecting 35mm blow-up prints, and renamed Circle-Vision 360°. From 1967 until 1984, "America the Beautiful" was shown using this system, followed by "American Journeys" and "Wonders of China". The Disneyland show building was used for displaying this system until 1996—where now you can shoot up Evil Emperor Zurg with Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters.

A note!
I corrected part of my previous posting, on the recording on Sleeping Beauty's score! Remember to check it out, as this is new info!

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Anonymous George Taylor says...

Great find! I love the drawing for the camera car.

It does make me wonder what kind of changes they would make today, with digital cameras and such.

Friday, July 25, 2008 at 7:24:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous The Artwork of Christi Bunn says...

Amazing! This is very interesting. I love that you scanned photos of the actual Circarama cameras all put together. Really a remarkable thing with the mirrors, etc. We are certainly the beneficiaries of their ingenuity!

Love your blog (thanks to Imaginerding for pointing me here),

Saturday, August 2, 2008 at 3:59:00 PM PDT  

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