Disney Character “Postal Art”

Englewood Row Gallery and Art Space theme this month is “Animation Art”.  This is timely and appropriate since the Gallery building at 10922 E. Winner Rd. Independence in the heart of the Englewood Art District once housed the film production company that gave Walt Disney his first job in the movies. A. V. Cauger opened his film business in 1910 creating advertising graphics and then simple stop motion animation in cinemas (1915). Cauger created the first cartoon film short about a cat in 1918 (one year before “Felix the Cat” was released in New York) and was first to do animation film ads. Historically “May” is an important month for KCMO animation. In January 1920 Cauger (CEO & Owner of Kansas City Film Ad Company) hired 18-year-old Walt Disney inspiring young Walt to explore the possibilities of film – animated film. After successfully creating a series of film cartoon shorts for the prestigious Neuman Theatre in his garage using a borrowed camera from Cauger March – May 1921 called “Newman Laugh -O-grams” Walt proposed to “The Boss” the idea of launching a series of cartoon shorts under the Film Ad banner. Sitting across from Cauger’s desk that May Walt presented his cartoon character and story ideas drawing the first Mickey Mouse character while pitching his proposed business plan to take Film Ad into film cartoons. A year later (May 1922) as he was completing work on his latest animation cartoon short “Little Red Riding Hood” Walt decided it was time to launch his own film production company and he asked Cauger if he would be one of its investors. Walt incorporated his first film company Laugh-O-gram Films, Inc.” May 23, 1922. May 20, 2022, celebrating the 100th Year Anniversary of Laugh-O-grams incorporation, A. V. Cauger’s grandson, Arthur Scott Cauger (“Scott”), owner of the Gallery and the historic building in which it is located, invites you this 3rd Friday Art Walk to celebrate cartoon animation featuring Disney character “Postal Cartoon Art” drawn by a Disney Corporation artist. 

©A. Scott Cauger April 25, 2022