It's been fifty years of our happy cruise! Fifty years of having that one joyful song stuck in our heads. We all know it, we all remember taking that ride into seeing the whole world in one attraction. Yes friends, it's time to celebrate those fifty years of "it's a small world."
But little do people realize that the song, and the attraction itself have a much deeper meaning than just singing dolls. I remember hearing in an interview with the son of one of the Sherman Brothers (the wonderful men who composed the song) that there was a lyric that was written, but never made it into the final song (for obvious reasons). The lyric would have went "There's so much that we share, that it's time we're aware, it's a small world after all. So let's not blow it up." Coming from men who had been through possibly the worst of times we can ever endure, that particular line can mean the world to anyone.
That's what I love about this attraction. It symbolizes the unity of the world and how we're all sharing the same planet that's home to all these rich cultures and diversities. Yet we're so focused on the negative side of the differences between us, we forget that we're all human here and that our cultural differences shouldn't set us apart, but rather draw us closer together. Yes, at the way things are going now in the world, planet wide peace seems like a thing of fantasy. But if we could create a collab that emphasizes our unity, then there are still voices that can join in singing in the message...for the hope of a better world.
About two weeks ago, I reached out to my users of dA to help me achieve an artistic collaboration that incorperated numerous artistic style from all over the world. (Or at least, the internet.)
This is the final result.
I realize that the theme and the idea of the piece is a bit cliche and I do apologize if this is somewhat underwhelming...I'm aware that things like this have been done MANY times before, but it's truly the message itself that I hope to have emphasized. It really is a small world, so despite our differences, let's not blow it up.
I could not have done this without the help of so many people. Without them, this would never have been possible. It is here that I would like to thank them unmercifully for their help, their interest, their support and most of all, putting up with my constant haggling. (Which I do apologize for.) To give credit where credit is due, here are the lovely folks responsible and their individual work:
Of course, I was responsible for Mickey (present to represent Walt) and the Clock Tower (undoubtedly, the most recognizable part of the attraction.)
But onward and starting to the right of the mouse:
-Bali (Indonesia): TheArtNarwhal
-The South American Rainforests: MissMartian4ever
-South Pacific/Polynesian Islands: LaSirenOfEire
-Guatemala (Central America): mahuberman
-Costa Rica: mahuberman
-Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Finland etc.) DlrpmaD
I'd like to apologize for running out of room and having to resort to putting certain countries on the wrong side of the drawn globe!!!
As you can see, a few users contributed more than once. My everlasting gratitude goes out to those who did. (Especially on such short notice and with quality work delivered in no time flat!) Thanks again, you guys. You're amazing and ye know it!
I also chipped in a few other countries as well:
Israel: Unfortunately, I didn't hear back from the person who was originally supposed to do this one until the deadline was close to passing. So, improvising, I quickly drew the simplest traditional Jewish prayer outfit I knew of and tried to model the character after Richard Sherman when he was younger. I do apologize to Luisana2012 for the unfortunate incovenience.)
Mexico: The loss of another user, TuxSonic, led me to use a back up idea I had been saving in case of an emergency. I wanted to incorperate the style of Mary Blair into the little Mexican boy as tribute to her work in "El Grupo" and the films that came from it. (Dedicated to my friend, Jessica.)
Peru: This one wasn't originally planned, but I needed one more character and after browsing through some of my old travel books, I thought...why not Peru? So, I found an image and drew the girl in the photo (while trying my best to capture the colors of her costume correctly) and lo and behold, she was a perfect fit.
MAJOR thanks to TheDarkofNight-D for his extra editing help, tips and advice! Couldn't have retained my sanity without ya, pal!
And of course, and EXTRA special thank you to Zimeta for promoting the collab and helping me round up the troops. Honestly, everyone who had a part in this deserves a round of applause. Thank you, EVERYONE!!!
I had originally intended to upload this on the day of the sing-a-long, but since this was very late in announcement, I had only a week for everyone, and I unfairly assumed everyone could get things done within the week and a few people needed the extra time. Thankfully, this gave me the opportunity to post this closer to the day of the Opening Day to the 1964-65 New York World's Fair! Hopefully, that won't be TOO far from the festivities to be considered a part of the celebration.
I certainly hope you enjoy it as much as I did making this, and again, a VERY special thank you to ALL who worked on this. I couldn't have done it without each and every one of you.
Please feel free to share as you wish! But please respect the rules of rights and usage:
Mickey Mouse, Clock Tower and 'it's a small world' names and logos © The Walt Disney Company
All original characters representing countries © their respective artists
Final project and image © everyone who worked on this
HAPPY 50TH ANNIVERSARY, SMALL WORLD! HERE'S TO MANY MORE YEARS TO COME! MAY THE HOPE FOR WOLRD PEACE CONTINUE TO BE REALIZED AS WE SING YOUR SONG!
I wish that everyone on earth could hear the song and understand the message. You all understand the message already.
Great job. Everyone of you.
I'm really happy that I've been part of this awesome journey
Everyone did a great job. ^.^
I was all too happy to help promote a fellow collaboration-maker!
Also, who is the Mexican boy dedicated to?
This is SO incredible, sweetie!! I knew it was a great idea, but I can't begin to tell you how much I love the final product!! Everyone looks amazing! (I especially love the Mexican boy. You know me so well. Thanks for the dedication, hun. That's so sweet of you. ) Everyone did such a great job on this! I wish I could have taken part, but you know me. I can't draw for anything. XP
I really wish Walt could see this though. I think he'd really appreciate the fact the message is shining through here. Great work, everyone...and thank you, Zora. You've done the attraction justice.
Every figure representing his/her country is awesome and appealing!
And that's what world harmony looks like, without racism or prejudice.