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''it's a small world'' 50th Anniversary Collab by ZoraCatone ''it's a small world'' 50th Anniversary Collab by ZoraCatone


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:
-Holland: TheArtNarwhal
-Belgium: silverstar-alchemist
-England: Silversmicee 
-Ireland: InvisibleDorkette
-Scotland: Zac-Shirk
-Germany: MiniCarly 
-Switzerland: MoonyMina 
-France: BlueHydrangea 
-Spain: Asarrion
-Italy: Noiledluv
-Greece: TJAddams 
-Russia: Obeliskgirljohanny 
-Bali (Indonesia): TheArtNarwhal 
-Palestine: mahuberman
-India: LesGloryDays30 
-China: CherishedRose 
-Japan: TheDarkofNight-D 
-Philippines: johngreeko
-Egypt: Soofiie 
-Israel: ZoraCatone
-Australia: Swirledheart 
-Antarctica: Spazzbert
-Kenya: XxDreamWhispererxX 
-The South American Rainforests: MissMartian4ever
-Peru: ZoraCatone
-Chile: Zac-Shirk
-Brazil: GracefulTatiana1897 
-South Pacific/Polynesian Islands: LaSirenOfEire 
-Jamaica: VairiArt
-Guatemala (Central America): mahuberman 
-Costa Rica: mahuberman
-Mexico: ZoraCatone
-Hawaii: Mysticalblackangel 
-America: MissMartian4ever
-Canada: Gotappenname
-Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Finland etc.) DlrpmaD
-Sweden: Paola-Tosca 
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

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MiniCarly Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just saw the finished product today!  I'm so glad to have been apart of it, it turned out great!  Thank you ZoraCatone for putting this together.
firehearting Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student Writer
Wow, this is a really awesome collab that you guys did. I really love all the different art styles and how this just ties to the message of the ride about everybody accepting and embracing one another despite the cultural differences and so forth. You all did a great job! ^^
ghostyheart Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a beautiful and inspiring piece.... It really captures the message of the ride. Especially since so many different people from different places around the world contributed to it! A great group effort from everyone! Bravo to everyone who contributed to it! It's really fun to see the many different styles of drawing in this piece... all different, yet they all fit together. (And Mickey and the penguin are great additions as well). Plus, the earth itself is beautifully shaded. This was a really wonderful idea, and the end product is just as wonderful.
DisneyVillain1349 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Even I must admit this is quite nice. Not the most original idea, but the message comes through and that's what's important I guess. You've got some quality work here done by a lot of people. I certainly have my favorites though. Kudos to all, including you, Catone. I didn't think you could pull it off, but you did. Nice work.
Noiledluv Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Student General Artist

I'm really happy that i was part of this amazing journey as well. 
Jake-Peter-Pan Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this attraction. I love the song and it's one that I always can hear, even if I feel sad. It makes me happy and smile. The lyrics I learned by hard in five languages. I'm sorry but I was busy and I couldn't join this collaboration.

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.
Simpsonsfanatic33 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist
I remember singing along to that song when I owned that Disney Sing-Along Video.
CherishedRose Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful. Simply beautiful. ^^ Everyone should be proud of themselves.
MoonyMina Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
woooooooooow!!! this is so cool!!!!

I'm really happy that I've been part of this awesome journey :)
DrZime Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on the successful collaboration! :clap:
Everyone did a great job. ^.^

I was all too happy to help promote a fellow collaboration-maker!
xxDreamWhispererxx Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Student Filmographer
Wonderfully and marvellously done, Z! I love the feeling of unity and harmony in this. Everyone looks amazing, and I'm especially glad to be a part of such a huge collaboration. ^-^ Again, well done!
TuxSonic Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh how lovely~! :D I still feel really bad that I was not able to participate. :(
Also, who is the Mexican boy dedicated to? :)
Silversmicee Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa <3 I love it thank you letting me be a part of it! C:
Soofiie Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa that's really cool! Good job for putting it together and I'm happy that I could be apart of it C:
silverstar-alchemist Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014   Photographer
This looks absolutely fantastic! I'm so honoured to have been a part of it :D And kudos to you for organizing this amazing project and all the hard work put in =) 
Squibbs2D Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Wow this turned out amazing! Glad I could be apart of it :D
Haisai-DBarenzu Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
It's amazing to see it all come together, and I'm SO glad I could help with the final product AND feature a character in there! You've done "Small World" proud for its 50th, dude! And I humbly feel glad that me and even a few friends could be part of such a prestigious collab. Thanks, dude! :)
dlrpmad Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
This is just the greatest thing to ever be a part of and I'm SOO so glad it turned out so well! Thanks for the opportunity of being a part of this :D 
DisneyCutie61 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

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. :D) 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. :)

I-AmThatIsJamala Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well done!! :clap:
Every figure representing his/her country is awesome and appealing!
And that's what world harmony looks like, without racism or prejudice.
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