When composer Paul Smith arrived at The Walt Disney Studios in 1934, he was “fresh out of university and full of musical ideas,” according to animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston in their book, “Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life.”
The musical genius, who wrote scores for nearly 70 animated shorts and received an Oscar® with Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for the music in “Pinocchio,” later wrote background music for nearly every Disney True-Life Adventure, applying techniques he had learned while writing music for cartoons.
As Thomas and Johnston recalled, “Paul’s adaptation of cartoon techniques in the scores for the True-Life Adventures added immeasurably to that series of live-action films.”
Born to a musical family in Calumet, Michigan, on October 30, 1906, Paul was raised in Caldwell, Idaho, where his father taught music at the College of Idaho. Paul’s father, Joseph, began teaching his prodigy son to play a variety of musical instruments beginning… read more