Monday, March 13, 2017

Disney on TV

I didn't grow up in the US, where millions of kids grew up with Walt Disney's regular TV shows.
Walt was still alive when I was a young kid in Germany, and I remember vividly watching him on very rare occasions during German Disney TV programs. Of course Walt spoke German fluently, thanks to his dubbing voice, actor Friedrich Schoenfelder.
Naturally I was particularly fascinated when the show's content was about animation. The world's master magician telling the audience about past achievement or what he was planing to do next.

Here is a magazine article featuring Walt's history with Mickey as shown on TV.

The ultimate program for me was when Disney artists were introduced as they worked on various animated feature films. Here is Milt Kahl animating the introductory scene of Tramp From Lady & the Tramp.

In this TV episode Disney animators study human movement in preparation for Sleeping Beauty.
The model is Helene Stanley, the animators are Marc Davis, John Lounsbery and Milt Kahl.

Ollie Johnston is getting ready for his close up in a mock office, put together on one of the Disney sound stages. The filmed segment starts out with Ollie animating Merryweather and leads to the topic of model trains, a hobby he shared with Walt. See framed photo on top of his desk.


  1. Andreas, did you see the Disney live action of "Snow White still the fairest of them all" with Kristen Kreuk and Miranda Richardson in 2001 on the channel ABC.

  2. Andreas!!!! Andreas! !!!!!!! Did you watch The View today? It was awesome! !!!!

  3. I so want to see more Disney TV hours, especially Von Drake specials.

  4. Are you interested the next movie of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Dead Man Tells No Tales, Andreas.

  5. I love that version of Mickey the most.

  6. Here's a clip of Kahl and Frank Thomas, that I guess is from the same episode as the still of Milt you posted?
    It's cool that they used the real animators, although I wonder why they didn't use their real offices. Maybe it was too noisey or dark

  7. I love Walt Disney's TV show. I've seen the ones on YouTube. There's a very expensive DVD from the Disney Treasure collection that has a lot of the episodes in it.

  8. I think I've repeated the videos of Milt, Frank and Ollie drawing so many times it's crazy. I get really excited to draw whenever I watch them. :D