This particular Disney package film consists of ten segments: The Martins and the Coys, a, now often censored from home video releases, story of feuding hillbillys; Blue Bayou, a mood piece set on a blue bayou featuring animation originally intended for Fantasia; All the Cats Join In, a bobby-soxer goes jitterbugging with her date at the malt shop; Without You, dark room, rain and somber landscapes illustrate the loss of a lover; Casey at the Bat, about the arrogant ballplayer whose cockiness was his undoing; Two Sihouettes, featuring two live-action ballet dancers moving in silhouette with animated backgrounds and characters; Peter and the Wolf, a Russian boy named Peter set off into the forest to hunt the wolf with his animal friends; After You’ve Gone, four musical instruments chase through a surreal landscape; Johnny Fedora and Alice Blue Bonnet, about the romance between two hats who fell in love in a department store window; and The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met, the bittersweet finale about a Sperm Whale with incredible musical talent and his dreams of singing Grand Opera. However, short-sighted impressario Tetti-Tatti believed that the whale has simply swallowed an opera singer, and chased him with a harpoon. —Wikipedia.org
Animator/director Clyde Geronimi got his start as an animator at the Hearst studios in New York. He was hired by Disney studios in 1931 and directed his short cartoon, Beach Picnic in 1938. Eventually Geronimi began working on Disney animated features and helped direct such classics as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Alice in Wonderland and went on to win an Oscar for helming the Disney animated short Ugly Duckling. In the ’50s and ’60s, he moved into directing Disney television shows. —AllMovie guide
Jack Ryan Kinney (March 29, 1909 – February 9, 1992) was an American animator, director and producer of animated shorts.
Jack Kinney attended John Muir Junior High School in Los Angeles, California (1925), and attended John C. Fremont High School (1926 – 1928) there with Roy Williams. Both Fremont football players, they would later be hired by Walt Disney in 1930 to work at the Walt Disney Studio on Hyperion Avenue. Often referring to himself as Kinney’s best friend, Williams would go on to star as the “Big Mooseketeer” with head Mouseketeer Jimmie Dodd on the classic 1950s television program, “The Mickey Mouse Club” (1955 – 1958).
Kinney began his long career in cartoons at the Walt Disney Studios in 1931 as an animator on several shorts, including Santa’s Workshop (released on December 10, 1932), The Band Concert (released on February 23, 1935), and Moose Hunters (released on April 17, 1937). He then became a director of cartoons at Disney… read more
Ham Luske, a business major, with no formal art education, was the first animator cast by Walt Disney on his daring new project, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” the Studio’s first full-length animated feature film. In a memo dated late 1935, Walt wrote, “From now on Ham Luske is definitely assigned to Snow White.”
As the film’s supervising animator, Ham was responsible for the most difficult character of all – Snow White. The audience had to believe in her for the picture to be a success, which led to the use of such groundbreaking techniques as live-action reference films. Ham adeptly directed live-action model (actress Margie Bell) on film, which artists then referred to as they brought the character to life.
Animator and fellow Disney Legend Ollie Johnston recalled, “Ham’s careful planning and shooting of the live-action footage, always with the idea in mind of how it would be used in animation, resulted in a very convincing character.” So much so that Snow White… read more