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Disney’s Magic Makers: Roy E. Disney


Roy Edward Disney was born to Roy Oliver Disney and Edna Francis Disney in Los Angeles on January 10, 1930 (and is their sole child). As a child, he traveled to the Studio where he viewed the films the animators were working on (i.e. “Snow White”, “Pinocchio”) and acted as a sounging board to his […]

Disney’s Magic Makers: Floyd Gottfredson


After a long hiatus, the Disney’s Magic Makers series is back! We return with a look at the Comic Strip side of the Studios. This week, we’ll focus on Floyd Gottfredson. Floyd Gottfredson was born in 1905 in Kaysville, Utah (in a railroad station where his parents lived). His father would regularly take him on […]

2009 Disney Legends to Be Announced at D23


The 2009 Disney Legends are as follows: Tony Anselmo: voice of Donald Duck since 1985 Harry Archinal: former president of Buena Vista International (which distributed Disney movies worldwide) Beatrice Arthur: Dorothy Zbornak in The Golden Girls (1985-1992) [Awarded  posthumously] Bill Farmer: voice of Goofy since 1986 (he’s also voiced Pluto and Horace Horsecollar) Estelle Getty: Sophia […]

Disney’s Magic Makers: Russi Taylor


Russi Taylor was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on May 4, 1944. As she grew up, she had a desire to work for Walt Disney. When she and her family were on a trip to Disneyland, Taylor ran into Walt, who asked what she wanted to do when she grew up. When Taylor told him that […]

Disney’s Magic Makers: Edna Francis Disney


After a long hiatus, welcome back to Disney’s Magic Makers. This week, we’re focusing on Edna Disney. Edna Francis Disney was born in Reece, Kansas, on January 16, 1890, the third of six children. At a young age, she took many jobs to help support her family. It was during her stint at the Kansas […]

Disney’s Magic Makers: Wayne Allwine


Welcome to this week’s installment of Disney’s Magic Makers where we’re taking a look at the third voice of Mickey Mouse: Wayne Allwine. Wayne Allwine was born on February 7, 1947, in Glendale, California. He started performing at an early age with his first televised appearance at age 7 on Art Linkletter’s “House Party” show. […]

Disney’s Magic Makers: Marc Davis


Welcome to the ninth, and last, Magic Makers post about Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men. An important note to make: there will be more posts in this series, but we’ll focus on other important people that have worked (or still work) at the Walt Disney Studios. This time, we’ll be focusing on Marc Davis. Marc […]

Disney’s Magic Makers: Milt Kahl


Welcome back to the Disney’s Magic Makers Series here at Netcot. This time, we’ll focus on Milt Kahl, the eighth of Disney’s Nine Old Men… Milt Kahl was born on March 22, 1909, in San Francisco, California. He dropped out of high school to pursue his dream of becoming an illustrator for a magazine or […]

Disney’s Magic Makers: Ward Kimball


Welcome to part seven of nine focusing on Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men. This week, we’re focusing on Ward Kimball. Content: Before the Studios At the Studios After the Studios Before the Studios : Ward Kimball was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on March 4, 1914. His fascination with drawing and railroads began at a young […]

Disney’s Magic Makers: Eric Larson


Here’s the sixth of nine parts detailing Walt’s Nine Old Men. This time, we’re focusing on Eric Larson. Contents: Before the Studios At the Studios After the Studios Before the Studios Eric Larson was born on September 3, 1905, in Cleveland, Utah. Growing up, Larson was an avid comic reader (he read “Punch” and “Judge” among […]

Disney’s Magic Makers: John Lounsbery


Welcome to the 5th of 9 posts featuring Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men. Our previous reports include Les Clark, Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas, and Wolfgang Reitherman. This week, we’ll focus on John Lounsbery. Contents: Life Before the Studios Life At the Studios Life After the Studios Life Before the Studios: John Lounsbery was born in Cincinatti, […]

Disney’s Magic Makers: Wolfgang Reitherman


Welcome to part four of nine focusing on Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men. This week, we’re focusing on Wolfgang Reitherman. Contents: Life Before the Studios Life at the Studios Life After the Studios Life Before the Studios Wolfgang “Woolie” Reitherman was born on June 26, 1909 in Munich, Germany. While he was only a child, […]

Disney’s Magic Makers: Frank Thomas


Welcome to part three in our look at Walt Disney’s “Nine Old Men.” Our previous posts have featured Les Clark and Ollie Johnston. This week, we look at Frank Thomas.  Contents: Biography Work at the Studios Spare Time & Retirement Frank Thomas, born September 5, 1912, was raised in Fresno, California. At the age of nine, […]

Disney’s Magic Makers: Ollie Johnston


Welcome to the second of nine parts focusing on Walt’s “Nine Old Men.” This week: Ollie Johnston. Oliver Martin Johnston, Jr, (aka Ollie) Johnston was born in Palo Alto, California, on October 31, 1912. His elementary school was located on Stanford University’s campus (where his father was a professor of romance languages). Ollie returned to […]

Disney’s Magic Makers: Les Clark


Here’s the first of nine parts where we’ll look at Disney’s “Nine Old Men.” First up: Les Clark was born on November 17, 1907, in Ogden, Utah. While attendince Venice High School (in Los Angeles), he held a summer job at a lunch counter near the Disney Brother’s Studio. While working there, Clark noticed that […]