Mary Blair Honored by Google Doodle on 100th Birthday
Known widely for her designs and inspiration for the “it’s a small world” attraction, created for the 1964-65 Worlds Fair in New York City, Blair joined the Walt Disney Company in 1940 in the animation department, working on a few film projects such as Dumbo and a follow-up to Fantasia. In 1941, Blair and her husband, along with Walt and Lillian Disney and several other artists went to South America on a three month goodwill tour as documented in the film Walt & El Grupo and produced classics such as Saludos Amigos and Three Caballeros as a result. She would then go on to work on several more Disney films before leaving the company, only to return a decade or so later to work on “it’s a small world” and several other projects for both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts.
Blair passed away in 1978, at the age of 66. She was named a Disney Legend in 1991. Her work has continued to inspire millions and her influence can still be seen today in new art created for The Walt Disney Company.
A tradition that began in 2000, the Google doodle program ‘aims to celebrate interesting events and anniversaries that reflect Google’s personality and love for innovation.’ You can find an archive of Google Doodles here as well as purchase items featuring the Doodles at Zazzle.com.