STORM LAKE, Ia. — A labor of affection encompassing three ½ years, hundreds of miles in travel, and dozens of students will finally come together with the premiere of a brand new movie at Buena Vista College.
“Growing Magic: The Mickey Mouse Cornfield Story” is a 60-minute documentary written and produced by the varsity’s digital media college students underneath the course of Jerry Johnson, assistant professor of digital media and avowed Walt Disney fanatic.
The documentary will air Thursday at 8 p.m. inside BVU’s Anderson Auditorium, displaying how a 520-acre creation celebrating Mickey Mouse’s sixtieth birthday generated international news and approval for the Walt Disney Company and tons of of northern Iowa residents that made it potential.
The thought to plant crops in the summertime of 1988 to type a silhouette of Mickey Mouse that could possibly be seen by airline vacationers was the brainchild of Jack Lindquist, then-vice chairman of publicity for Disneyland.
“Jack would fly between Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and he’d typically go over Texas and see oil area circles under,” Johnson stated. “If three circles have been grouped together, it might appear to be Mickey.”
Lindquist requested Disney pilots if they knew what probably the most flown-over area of the country was at the moment. Their answer? North-central Iowa and southern Minnesota.
That led Lindquist and Mimi Schaaf, a particular events coordinator for the Walt Disney Company, to contact Dr. Mike Boehlje of Iowa State College Extension in Ames about utilizing cropland in northern Iowa. Boehlje directed them to his uncle, Walter Boehlje, who owned land close to tiny Dougherty in Cerro Gordo County.
“The very fact the landowner’s identify was Walter (like Disney’s founder) obtained the eye of Schaaf,” Johnson stated.
Schaaf met the Pitzenberger family, whose members farmed Walter Boehlje’s land. The Pitzenbergers also introduced Schaaf to their dog, Woman, which made her marvel as a result of Walt Disney had a canine of the same identify that served because the inspiration for the movie “Woman and the Tramp.”
The Pitzenbergers have been ultimately commissioned by the Walt Disney Firm to convert a cornfield into the shape of Mickey Mouse in the summertime of 1988, when most of Iowa was beset by heat and drought.
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