Walt Disney discusses the history of animation.

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Himself - Host
The Philadelphia Orchestra ...
Themselves (archive footage)
Himelf (conductor in 'Fantasia') (archive footage)


This episode takes a look at the history of animation and animation techniques throughout the ages. Especially profiled are many animation pioneers, including J. Stuart Blackton, Windsor McCay, J.R. Bray, Max Fleischer and, of course, Walt Disney. Included is nearly the entire "Nutcracker Suite" segment from "Fantasia". Written by Anonymous

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November 1955 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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The Nutcracker Suite
from the ballet "The Nutcracker"
as seen and heard in Walt Disney's "Fantasia"
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played by the Philadelphia Orchestra
conducted by Leopold Stokowski
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Like a College level Lecture
29 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

BEING THAT OUR generation of "Baby Boomers" numbered yours truly as a member in good standing of that first wave of post WWII rug-rats, we were there at ringside when this installment of the DISNEYLAND Show first bowed in. The show's being run on TURNR CLASSIC MOVIES Cable Channel along with some other programs and theatrically released movies proved to be a real nostalgic treat. It is amazing just how much we can and do recall about a show that aired 60 years ago.

MUCH AS WAS the case for all DISNEYLAND installments, it was presented in a very intelligent and straightforward manner. Our host, Walt Disney (himself) was the MC and guide for every episode. This one was just a little different, as he had much more on-screen time; being his job was to function as the conduit and narrator for every aspect and development of the animated cartoon were discussed.

TO THIS END, our favourite honorary Uncle Walt gets high marks. His skills are the combination of a seasoned stage performer, college level instructor and modern day infomercial pitch-man. He gets every little detail covered and makes it understood. All is done as naturally as could be inspected, or even more so.

WE OBSERVED IN the credits that as Director, we have the name of William Beaudine. Known by the handle of "One Shot Bill", Mr. Beaudine had gotten a reputation as being skillfully economical in delivering his assignments either on time or ahead of schedule and within the constraints of budgetary considerations.

ALTHOUGH SOME MAY attach the handle of "hack" to his name, the same could not ever be associated with the name of Disney; who was never cheap nor extravagant in his ventures. The two men must have gotten along as the Beaudine name is present in so many episodes of DISNEYLAND, ZORRO and THE MICKEY MOUSE Club's serialized adventures.

THE CONTENT OF animation history, inventions and innovations is really much more than adequate for his hour long format. The story traces the roots of the attempt of homo sapiens in achieving the sensation of motion all the way back to the Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal cave artists; who had to decorate their walls without benefit of the spray paint cans. They did it the old fashioned way.

THE EGYPTIANS' USE of hieroglyphics and sequential art is mentioned as a fine example of advancing the tradition. Several 19th Century spinning devices are displayed, used and explained. Mr. Disney even makes mention of his greatest rival (in business only); being Max Fleischer and his brother Dave. The Fleischer's OUT OFBTHE INKWELL series is highlighted as being the best example of early combining animation and live action. The INKWELL cartoons featured the animated Koko The Clown's adventures in the real world. Disney's ALICE IN CARTOONLAND Series would be the flip-side; as the live action girl, Alice, had her escapades in the cartoon frames.

THE SHOW WINDS up with a sort of overview of the in-house history of Walt Disney animations. There is no plugging of any of Walt's current or pending cartoon shorts or animated features. But all was not lost a brief trailer for his True Life Adventure, THE African LION, appears at show's end.

ATTA BOY FOR you, Uncle Walt; we knew you could do it!

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