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Walt Disney Wants to Sell You A Cadillac

After all of the recent Walt Disney mudslinging, it’s nice to see a positive mention of the man, even if that positivity happens to be in the form of a TV commercial trying to sell you a luxury automobile.

To promote its new 2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan, GM created a spot celebrating American innovators who have launched big ideas and companies from garages. Walt Disney’s humble launch of the Disney studio out of his uncle’s garage is featured alongside other garage-bred individuals and companies: the Wright brothers, Amazon.com, Hewlett Packard, Mattel, and the Ramones.

What I appreciated about the spot is that most of the garages shown, including Disney’s, are accurate representations of the actual garages used by these people. When the image of Walt’s garage appears, the street address shown is 4406. That refers to 4406 Kingswell Avenue in Los Angeles, the home of Walt’s uncle, Robert, which is where Disney launched his first Los Angeles studio in 1923.

While the Disney garage shown in the commercial is no longer located on Kingswell Avenue, it has been preserved and placed on public display at the Garden Grove Historical Society’s Stanley Ranch Museum. Here it is in its current state:

(Disney garage photo via You-are-here.com)

  • Larry Ruppel

    It’s a fairly accurate reproduction, except for the fact that it’s reversed– the doors are off center to the right, which is opposite of the original.

  • Matthew Koh

    Don Bluth’s first animated project was made in a garage.

    No really! Look it up

    • Mesterius

      If you mean Banjo the Woodpile Cat, that’s hardly the first animated project he worked on.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        How soon people forget.

    • Hankenshift

      And rockadoodle, Thumbelina, all dogs go to heave, pebble and the penguin, American tail, secret of nihm, Anastasia, Titan are, and troll from Central Park were made in studios.

      I guess it didn’t work for don.

  • Floyd Norman

    I love the commercial and the fact that it honors American innovators. Of course, the garage makes perfect sense. One of my first Animation camera stands occupied a corner in the garage.

  • Toonio

    Disney started in a humble garage and ended up in a fugly souless building.

  • Tim

    Disney, and Ub had already made cartoons before Walt started, again, in a garage.

  • Paul N

    I have a tiny piece of wood from the Kingswell garage. The organization that rescued and restored the garage sold bits that came loose when it was disassembled and moved to Garden Grove. A unique tchotchke from an important building.

  • Timothy Costich

    The Disney garage in the commercial is a faux front set built in my daughter’s driveway the afternoon before the commercial was filmed. The actual house is to the left and was built in 1923. Location scouts in LA know their business.