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CultureZohn Off the C(H)uff: Marge Belcher Champion, the Secret Weapon Behind Disney's Snow White

This month in the Vanity Fair Hollywood issue, I realized a long-held dream to tell the largely untold story of the all-female Ink and Paint department at the Walt Disney studio during the Golden Age -- the women behind the Mouse. My aunt, Rae Medby McSpadden, was a member of the department that traced the animators' drawings onto celluloid for filming and began her work on the Silly Symphonies when she came to the studio from Seattle in 1935. Even though Walt -- as he was known even to his staff -- had resisted doing a sequel to Three Little Pigs, Rae was assigned to painting kittens and Saint Bernards for the sequel to Three Orphan Kittens. That was until she -- and almost everyone else at the studio -- was pulled into the multi-handed but single-minded obsession that...
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