Monday, March 8, 2021

Behind the Scenes

It is always exciting to find photos from the Disney past. Photos I had not seen before from Behind the Scenes that give you a glimpse of what it was like working on incredible projects. Most Disney productions under Walt's guidance have become American folklore, embraced by the whole planet.

Here are a few pics I have come across recently. The shot above shows Walt as he reviews sketches by Marc Davis (standing, facing Walt). The pinned up drawings reveal Marc's analysis of motion ranges for various audio-animatronics to be installed at Disneyland. What a great photo.

Leopold Stokowski, Lillian and Walt Disney at the opening of Fantasia.

Kathryn Beaumont at an early story meeting for Alice in Wonderland with Winston Hibler, Ed Penner and others.

Ward Kimball and Fred Moore studying a marabou stork in preparation for Dumbo.

Joe Rinaldi, Mary Costa -the voice of Aurora- and Eric Larson in a small screening room (sweatbox), most likely reviewing dailies (rushes) from Sleeping Beauty.

The Reitherman family visits Ollie Johnston for a model train ride. Woolie with his wife Janie and sons Robert and Richard. Bruce wasn't born yet.

This drawing of Robin Hood looks an awful lot like a John Lounsbery sketch. So I suppose that's him in the photo.

Disneyland's first ambassador Julie Reihm, Marc Davis and Walt in the TV show Disneyland 10th Anniversary. I had the chance to meet Julie on a few occasions, and I asked her about filming this show. She said that Walt went off script, which she wasn't prepared for. It made her a little nervous, but it all went well.


  1. Great photos, especially the one with Ward and Fred in baby bonnets. Gotta get the characters' perspective :)
    I like how some of these pictures give a glimpse of the fun these people had at work, despite how challenging it must've been at times.

  2. Hello, Andreas. I very much admire your work. Would you be willing to do an interview for a story on animation/live action hybrids that I'm writing for the Animation Guild (TAG) Magazine Keyframe?

  3. Yes, public relation can be a hard work for the artists and their relatives! :)
    The photos shows only a click of a situation and I don't know how the mood and the relationships between the persons I see really was.
    I like to see that the artists and their lovings were humans and not androids. :)
    They did their best for a good photo although the wife was stressed, the situation was tense, she was very tense, he didn't like him or the situation, he was tired, she was tired and annoyed, the kids were in a bad mood and so on.

    The photo with Kathryn Beaumont in the middle gives me a bad feeling. This picture doesn't get out of my mind. Since I saw it I don't feel well and stopped drawing.

  4. Hi Andreas big fan have you ever seen this picture of Woolie, Ken Anderson and a few others sun bathing?