Category Archives: Illustration

The Prolific Print Cartoonist

Before joining Disney in the 1930s, young artists might carry a portfolio of drawings and reels of animation to Walt’s office.  Art Babbitt was only 24 when he went in for an interview with Walt in the summer of 1932.  … Continue reading

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Disney on Unfair List

On this date in Disney history, the Walt Disney Studios was spotlighted for the U.S. government’s list of companies with Unfair Labor Practices (ULP).  As the Daily Worker trumpets, “Los Angeles Labor Council Places Products of Disney Firm on Unfair … Continue reading

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1931 Disney Staff Caricatures & Profiles – pt 8

In this, the final installment of snippets from the June 20, 1931 issue of Motion Picture Daily, I had to composite some various images together to doctor a complete caricature of Walt and Frank Churchill.  Enjoy this glimpse at Walt … Continue reading

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1931 Disney Staff Caricatures & Profiles – pt 7

Now, here are some people who worked especially closely with Walt: Carolyn Shafer knows Mickey a little too personally, Dick Lundy is a jack of all trades, and Wilfred Jackson is staying out of trouble.

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1931 Disney Staff Caricatures & Profiles – pt 6

Almost at the end now, folks!  But first – Bill Garity is an ethnic stereotype, Earl Duvall plays dirty politics, and Emil Flohri belongs in a museum!

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1931 Disney Staff Caricatures & Profiles – pt 5

Here in the continued auto-bios of the Disney staffers, Bert Lewis lists his creds, Floy Gottfredson touts his own good looks, and Burt Gillett name-drops.

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1931 Disney Staff Caricatures & Profiles – pt 3

Next up from Motion Picture Daily: Jack Cutting recognizes his nanny, Norm Ferguson pays homage to his New York roots, and Ben Sharpsteen shrugs his way through success.  

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