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The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story (1999)

A documentary on the life of the under-appreciated animator Ub Iwerks, who played a major role in the creation of Mickey Mouse.

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Leslie Iwerks

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Leslie Iwerks
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelsey Grammer ... Himself / Narrator (voice)
Mark Kausler Mark Kausler ... Himself
John Lasseter ... Himself
Russell Merritt ... Himself
Roy Edward Disney ... Himself
Chuck Jones ... Himself
Ollie Johnston ... Himself
Don Iwerks ... Himself
Dave Smith ... Himself
Leonard Maltin ... Himself
Virginia Davis ... Herself
Bob Broughton Bob Broughton ... Himself
John Hench John Hench ... Himself
Joseph Adamson Joseph Adamson ... Himself (as Joe Adamson)
Ed Friedman Ed Friedman ... Himself
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A documentary on the life of the under-appreciated animator Ub Iwerks, who played a major role in the creation of Mickey Mouse.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

La main derrière la souris - L'histoire d'Ub Iwerks See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Dolby
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The film was directed by Ub's granddaughter, Leslie. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version shown on Bravo! was cut to 46 minutes, but the video is the full 90 minutes. See more »

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Edited from Steamboat Willie (1928) See more »

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Must see for any animation fan
6 July 2007 | by jamesbobo62See all my reviews

Finally, Ub Iwerks gets his due. I caught this on the Ovation channel on July 5, 2007. It will be repeated so watch it if you can. Direct TV carries Ovation, so does Verizon Fios. My one gripe about the film: while Flip the Frog is mentioned and shown it does not tell you that the first Flip cartoon was made in color. This was very rare for 1930 and two years before Disney's first color cartoon. To be fair, only a two-strip color film was available at the time. Disney's cartoon used a newly developed three-strip color process. Other than that it is the most accurate film I've seen on the subject. I'm old enough to remember seeing Flip and Willie Whopper cartoons when they were shown on TV in the 1950's and I enjoyed them a lot. Now, they are all but forgotten.


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