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Brenda Chapman and the See-Through Ceiling

When early press started coming out about Brave, Disney/Pixar’s summer 2012 release, a lot of it centered on the fact that it was the studio’s first feature film to be directed ... Continue Reading →
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Pocahontas and The Mouse’s Gong Show

Every aspect of creating an animated feature takes time, except, arguably, for one: the greenlighting of an idea. Back in the days when the Walt Disney Studio was just about the only ... Continue Reading →
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Virginia Davis and the Road to Hollywood

Several years before Mickey Mouse, little Virginia Davis was the first star of the operation that would become the Walt Disney Studios. That’s not news, of course; before her passing ... Continue Reading →
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The Studio You’ve Probably Never Heard Of!

One can read any number of histories of the American animation industry and never come across the name Romer Grey. The son of Western writer Zane Grey, Romer whimsically decided to ... Continue Reading →
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Chucking the Competition

In any discussion of the legendary Leon Schlesinger/Warner Bros. cartoon studio, you often hear the words “friendly competition” used to describe the relationships between the various ... Continue Reading →
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When Snow White Scared Young Roy Disney

The late Roy E. Disney ranks very high on the short-list of people who worked to make the animation industry what it is today. He was born into the business, of course: his father was ... Continue Reading →
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High School Pranks with Joe Barbera

I can almost hear the voice of a reader somewhere out there saying, “Joe Barbera again?” Well, yes, actually. Out of the hundreds and hundreds of interviews in my files, I have ... Continue Reading →
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You’re Goin’ to the Moon, June?

If there is anyone in the animation field who truly needs no introduction, it is June Foray. The First Lady of Animation has accomplished so much in her long and varied career—which ... Continue Reading →
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Roman Knows: What’s In a Name

Phil Roman has settled into being an elder statesman of the animation industry—something of an irony (if an inevitable one) for a man once described by Chuck Jones as “the youngest ... Continue Reading →
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Fighting the System: Merle Welton

For every recorded love story between an artist and their animation studio, there are many other relationships that landed on the rocks. One such involved Merle Welton, a native New ... Continue Reading →