Friday, December 16, 2016

A Most Amazing Afternoon




Many of you know that yesterday, December 15, marked the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney's death.
Recently the W. Disney Company went through great lengths to restore Walt's original office.
Over the years it had been altered greatly when occupied by Ron Miller, Roy Disney and others.
Today the office looks exactly like the day Walt died. The items you see in the photos I took yesterday are the real things. From furniture to books and figurines, all this had been kept in a warehouse for five decades.
I was thrilled to get an invitation to see this historic space, and our tour guide for the most part was none other than Richard Sherman, who reminisced about meetings with his brother Robert and Walt.
The first photos show the formal office which includes a piano. The model plane represents a new company jet that was on order at the time, but was cancelled after Walt's passing.








Richard treated us to a couple of songs, including "Feed the Birds" from Mary Poppins.



The working office, where stuff happened, came with a kitchen. That model plane was the kind of company jet in use at the time.





All the cabinetry is original, as you can see in the vintage photo.



Richard finds a script for the live action musical "The Happiest Millionaire", for which he and his brother wrote songs for.



A very cool model of Lady, from the early development period.










19 comments:

  1. It's amazing that they took the effort to restore Walt's office to its original state.

    I notice that the maquette of Lady is missing an eyeball, by the way.

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  2. if only the actual company still resembled Walt's

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  3. Did you see the movie Ever After A Cinderella Story the 1998 film every fans like this film then the disney version it looks differante from the original story of Cinderella in this version Cinderella punch her step sister in the face

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  4. Is the gun still in the desk drawer?

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    1. When was the last time you saw it in there?

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    2. Way back, the day I went with my portfolio...

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    3. LOL, the furniture has been in storage for 50 years.
      Love your work though, and your dad's.
      Merry Christmas!

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    4. Thanks a lot! Yep, I know it´s impossible but I couldn´t resist to do such a bad joke... that office is a higly simbolical environment for cartoonists, animators, etc.
      Merry Christmas!

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  5. Thank you so much for taking photos and sharing them with us, Andreas.

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  6. Looks like an amazing afternoon, indeed! I second Trevor: thanks for letting us have a look.

    Out of curiosity, what was the motivation to restore the office? As a private monument, or a public exhibition?

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  7. Andreas, how long the movie of Mushka will run, it will be 80 minutes or 50 minutes?

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    1. Will you like if I leave my email address beacuse i will like to send you a message.

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    2. Sorry Jeremy, no time for correspondence. Merry Christmas!

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    3. Thanks you Andreas and Marry Christmas!

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  8. Wow! Thank you so much for posting these amazing pictures! I'm a computer animator and working on my dream of being a Disney animator someday. I attended Animation Mentor and at CTN in 2015 I saw Walt's office from the outside while on the studio grounds. Maybe I'll be able to see the inside of his office in person one day but until then, this was a great treat. Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!

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  9. Hi Andreas, I'm the italian from Rome who annoyed you to make the video at CTNX this november...I want to thank you again for your kindness, sympathy and friendliness. Marry Christmas!

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