Tag Archives: Disney

Happy Thanksgiving

Well, Gorsh! One thing I’m thankful for is the incredible people I’ve met through this blog — not to mention all the amazing comments you have shared.   It’s so gratifying to know that others are inspired by this blog, so … Continue reading

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Organized Labor vs Steamboat Willie

Sure, Art Babbitt and Walt Disney fought on opposite sides of the union during the Disney Strike, … but Walt Disney had a run-in with union unrest before Mickey Mouse ever premiered in his first film, Steamboat Willie! In late … Continue reading

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Les Clark, of Disney’s Supreme Court

In honor of the recent landmark healthcare decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court, I’m going to talk about one of my favorite past members of the Supreme Court. Disney animator Les Clark. I use “Supreme Court” loosely, but by … Continue reading

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Occupy Disney

People protesting, all day, every day, demanding fair wages from the one percent, for they were the ninety-nine percent. Singing songs and carrying signs.  Dressing in costume.  Marching and chanting.  Camping on the neighboring grass.  A tent city in a … Continue reading

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Geppetto First Pass: Disney’s Pinocchio

Only when I first heard about the “first pass” stage from a contemporary Disney animator did the whole animation process begin to gel for me. It takes a certain amount of trial and error to get from a storyboard drawing … Continue reading

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Marge Champion, Disney and Art Babbitt

On Monday I had the honor of meeting the lovely Marge Champion in her Manhattan apartment. Marge Belcher was born on September 2nd, 1919.  When she was 13 years old, she tried out as for the part of a reference … Continue reading

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