Thursday, October 8, 2015

1978 Thames TV Documentary

In the recent past I posted a few clips from this fascinating British documentary on Disney, which shows the company's history as well as what it was up to during the late 1970s.
Those clips were of inferior picture quality, and I am thrilled that John Canemaker informed me that the whole show can now be viewed on YouTube (in much better image quality).
Here are a few frame grabs that give you an idea of the top talents that were interviewed. Some of the comments, particularly by Kimball and Milt Kahl, are very candid, to a point that leaves me wondering: I can't believe they left this footage in the film!

Who knew that at one point in time Bernard and Bianca, seated on Orville the albatross, were flying by the Statue of Liberty ?

The studio gate the way I remember it. I rode through it (on a bicycle) in August of 1980 to start my training program with Eric Larson.

Here is the link to the film on YouTube:


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  2. "Only fanatics in this world ever accomplish anything - everybody else drifts."
    Fantastic film.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing it! I have been looking for this documentary since you have posted some parts of it.
    The only sad thing is that this is the only remaining footage where Frank Thomas was actually animating.
    Thank you again!

  4. Thanks for pointing me toward this fascinating program, which I'd never seen. They didn't always name the people shown. Can you identify the composer (arranger?) at the piano?

  5. I noticed this was up on YouTube a few weeks back. Glad someone apparently had a copy to share, though it's obviously a poor man's telecine effort from whatever 16mm print they could acquire.

  6. Wow, thanks! This looks to be pretty Rescuers-heavy, so I will definitely watch. I'm always hungry for behind-the-scenes info on the forgotten features.

  7. Oh, Frank nailed it early on when he discussed squash-and-stretch. Hand-drawn animation is alive, more alive even than live-action because of it.

  8. Thanks Andreas, wonderful stuff about Disney genius!, do you know is aviable on dvd or any way in a best quality?
    Again thanks and saludos from Argentina!

    1. This is a vintage UK TV show, not available for purchase, unfortunately.