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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.

Director:

Leslie Iwerks

Writer:

Leslie Iwerks
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Cast

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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Documentary

Certificate:

G
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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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Trivia

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 Sleeping Beauty (1959) See more »

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Fantastic documentary of a formerly unsung talent
29 November 2014 | by MissSimonettaSee all my reviews

In more recent years, animator Ub Iwerks has been given more attention, especially with the resurfacing of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in media such as the Epic Mickey games and the Walt Disney Treasures release of the silent Oswald shorts which are still in existence (save for Hungry Hoboes, which was only recently rediscovered). However, for years he was an unsung artist, his influence on the origins of Mickey Mouse and animation and special effects at large rarely discussed.

This feature-length documentary does a fantastic job giving viewers the details on Iwerks the artist and the man. We see his childhood and the impact of his father's desertion of the family to his heyday as an animator in the 20s and 30s to his involvement in the special effects realm with some of the 1940s Disney features and even Hitchcock's The Birds (1963).

A must-see for animation geeks.


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