Cool Stuff: Walt Disney’s 1935 Animation Manifesto

On December 23, 1935, Walt Disney wrote an eight page letter to a gentleman named Don Graham at the Chouinard Art Institute (now Cal Arts) asking him to help train new, and improve old, Disney animators. Walt felt that many of the men he employed weren’t working up to their potential and that by focusing on a few simple things, the studio’s output would improve exponentially. Well, after this letter, the studio released – in order – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo and Bambi. So, it seemed to have worked.

The letter is a fascinating look into the genius mind of Walt Disney, as it details the unique way he looked at movies, humor, drawing, running a company and much more. He details the minutia – such as body type and rhythm of movement – of animation and implores animators not to ignore these incredibly important things. Animators, or just fans of Disney, should really enjoy this. Check out scans of the letter and link to the full transcript after the break. Read More »

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VOTD: Pogo Remixes Snow White

Australian video remix artist Pogo has been making a lot of noise with his popular video remixes of Disney/Pixar films. In the past, we’ve featured his video remixes for Up – s Upular, and the Toy Story series  – Toyz Noize and Buzzwings. Composed using chords, bass notes and vocal samples from the films, each of his videos have gone on to become viral video sensations. Now Pogo has returned with a remix of Walt Disney’s classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

This is my track Wishery, comprising vocal syllables, musical chords and sound effects recorded from the 1937 Disney classic Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs. Enjoy!

Hit the jump to watch/listen to his latest creation now.

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Time Out London has published a list of the 50 greatest animated feature films of all time curated by Terry Gilliam . I’m not sure if this means that Gilliam hand picked the titles on the list, or if the filmmaker was simply commenting on the list created by the TimeOut editors. Either way, you can find a listing of the top 20 entries below:

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snow white bluray
Disney has been a strong supporter of the Blu-Ray format. Dare I say the only studio that puts out discs packed with exclusive Blu-ray features. Pixar’s visual commentary tracks were enough to convince me into buying a Blu-ray player. And now Disney has announced another industry Blu-ray first.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be released on Blu-ray on October 6th, a full seven weeks before the standard definition DVD is released on November 24th. The Snow White Blu-ray release will also come bundled with a copy of the movie on DVD. The release will feature state-of-the-art picture restoration and a pristine 7.1 Digital Theater System Hi-Def Surround Sound. The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack is priced at $39.99 msrp, while the 2-disc DVD release is priced at $29.99 msrp.

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