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Disney (And Me) On TCM

This Sunday, I’m pleased to be part of a new series of Walt Disney presentations on Turner Classic Movies. I’ll be joining Ben Mankiewicz to introduce a full evening of Disney treats, including the classic Silly Symphonies short Santa’s Workshop (1932) and two other wintry cartoons, the wonderful behind-the-scenes feature The Reluctant Dragon (1941) featuring Robert Benchley, my boyhood favorite Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (1955), the Oscar-winning True Life Adventure The Vanishing Prairie (1954), and another film I’ve always liked, Third Man on the Mountain (1959) starring James MacArthur, Michael Rennie, Janet Munro, and Herbert Lom, followed by Perilous Assignment, an...

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Disney, TCM Partner for Film Showcase, Theme Park Attraction

Disney, TCM Partner for Film Showcase, Theme Park Attraction
Disney has cut a deal with Turner Classic Movies to get more mileage out of its film vault and add the cabler’s cinephile branding to its Hollywood Studios theme park in Florida.

Starting Dec. 21, TCM will launch the recurring showcase “Treasures From the Disney Vaults,” which will feature a range of Mouse House animated and live-action gems. The first installment bows at 8 p.m. with animated shorts “Santa’s Workshop,” “On Ice” and “Chip An’ Dale,” followed by “The Disneyland Story”; 1941’s “The Reluctant Dragon,”; a compilation of the first three segs of the Fess Parker starrer “Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier”; the 1954 nature docu “The Vanishing Prairie”; and the 1959 adventure film “Third Man on the Mountain” starring Michael Rennie and James MacArthur.

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park, part of the Walt Disney World Resort complex in Orlando, Fla., TCM branding and TCM anchor Robert Osborne
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Toronto: ‘Act of Killing’ Follow-Up ‘Look of Silence’ Could Also Resonate with Academy

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

Only one filmmaker has ever been nominated for the best documentary feature Oscar in back-to-back years. His name was Walt Disney and he was nominated — and ultimately won — for both The Living Desert (1953) and The Vanishing Prairie (1954). In those days, an organization (i.e. the U.S. Air Force) or its figurehead (i.e. Disney’s Disney) were often recognized for projects that were actually primarily completed by others who worked for them. That was certainly the case with these nature films.

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Toronto: 'Act of Killing' Follow-Up 'Look of Silence' Could Also Resonate with Academy

Toronto: 'Act of Killing' Follow-Up 'Look of Silence' Could Also Resonate with Academy
Only one filmmaker has ever been nominated for the best documentary feature Oscar in back-to-back years. His name was Walt Disney and he was nominated — and ultimately won — for both The Living Desert (1953) and The Vanishing Prairie (1954). In those days, an organization (i.e. the U.S. Air Force) or its figurehead (i.e. Disney's Disney) were often recognized for projects that were actually primarily completed by others who worked for them. That was certainly the case with these nature films. But under today's stricter standards, that would not fly. In other words, Joshua

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Mouse House: Disney at the Academy Awards

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The Disney Company’s history with the Oscars has been long and cultured. Trivia buffs may know that Walt holds the honor of winning the most Academy Award nominations (59) and wins (26), but Mr. Disney isn’t the only one with the company who has received much recognition. In this special edition of the Mouse House, premiering during a most exciting time of the year for any film buff, we’ll cover some of the most memorable milestones for Disney at awards time, in addition to shocking nominations and snubs. On with the show.

Cartoons and documentaries garner countless wins

For nearly three decades, Walt Disney and company dominated the “Best Short Subject – Cartoon,” “Best Short Subject – Two-reel” and “Best Documentary” categories at the Academy Awards, from the monumental “Flowers and Trees” short in 1932 – the first color cartoon - to “The Vanishing Prairie” doc in 1955 (featured in this vintage clip below
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Exclusive: Don Hahn Swims in the Oceans

The legendary Disney animation producer Don Hahn discusses the studio's latest film in their long tradition of making nature documentaries

The Walt Disney Company has had a long tradition of making award-winning documentaries about the wonders of nature. Beginning in the late '1940s and continuing through to the early '60s, the films were the brainchild of company founder Walt Disney and often won Oscars for best documentary like '1953s The living Desert, '1954s The Vanishing Prairie and '1958s White Wilderness. The company's interest in the documentaries dissipated in the '60s with the growth of their animation department and the addition of their popular live-action films. However in 2008 the company announced the creation of DisneyNature, an independent film label that would continue the company's tradition of making big screen nature documentaries. It began with last year's Earth, a film that explores our own planet, and
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Roy Disney obituary

A nephew of Walt, he restored Disney to classic cartoon status

Roy E Disney, who has died from stomach cancer aged 79, was the last member of the Disney family involved in the company and saw himself as the protector of its tradition. As the family enterprise grew into a huge conglomerate, he retained a strong influence. Twice he exiled himself from the business and then returned to lead shareholder revolts which saw the corporation's leadership thrown out and its direction returned to traditional strengths, particularly cartoons.

He grew up with the Walt Disney Co, originally the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio. His father, Roy Oliver, handled finances while his uncle Walt ran the creative side and was the public face. Mickey Mouse was created in 1928; two years later Roy was born. In some ways, he was the son Walt never had. He attended test screenings when young and later remembered the
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Roy E. Disney Passes Away at the Age of 79

It's our sad duty to report that Roy E. Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney former executive for the Walt Disney Company has passed away at the age of 79 after a year-long battle with stomach cancer.

A stalwart fixture at Disney - his personal office was situated inside the magic hat atop Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, California - he oversaw many of the company's greatest successes over the past few decades. The company released the following statement:

Roy Edward Disney, son of Disney Studios co-founder Roy O. Disney, and nephew of Walt Disney, passed away today (12/16/09) at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, California, following a year-long battle with stomach cancer. He was 79 years old.

Disney was a successful businessman, philanthropist, filmmaker and award-winning sailor, who played a key role in the revitalization of The Walt Disney Company and Disney's animation legacy. He was associated with the Company over a 56-year period,
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Roy E. Disney Passes Away at 79

Roy E. Disney passes away at age 79 Roy Edward Disney, son of Disney Studios co-founder Roy O. Disney, and nephew of Walt Disney, passed away today (12/16/09) at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, California, following a year-long battle with stomach cancer. He was 79 years old. Disney was a successful businessman, philanthropist, filmmaker, and award-winning sailor, who played a key role in the revitalization of The Walt Disney Company and Disney's animation legacy. He was associated with the Company over a 56-year period, and from 1984 - 2003, served as vice chairman of the Company's board of directors, and chairman of the Studio's Animation Department. In recent years, he held the title of director emeritus and consultant for the Company. As head of Disney Animation, Disney helped to guide the Studio to a new golden age of animation with an unprecedented string of artistic and box office successes that included The Little Mermaid,
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