Thursday, January 25, 2024

Jungle Book...Again


We had such an interesting variety of materials for the Jungle Book exhibition at the Walt Disney Family Museum.
Obviously lots of original art, pencil tests, video interviews and more.

This is a document I found particularly interesting. 
Director Woolie Reitherman sends an official note to storyman Bill Peet. Bill and Walt had already faced off in disagreement over Peet's story treatment and the selection of character voices. 
Here Woolie is setting up a meeting for the three of them in an effort to discuss and hopefully settle some of these points of contention. 

You can tell from the tone in Woolie's inter-office-note that the situation is somewhat serious.

I just realized that I posted this item 60 years after the original memo was sent. Almost to the day...what a coincidence!