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Disney’s Magic Makers: Ub Iwerks


Ubbe Ert Iwerks was born to Dutch-American parents on March 24, 1901 in Kansas City, Missouri. During his early years, he lead life like any normal child: going to school, making friends, and drawing. Eventually, at the age of 18, Iwerks found a job at the Pesman-Rubin Commercial Art Studio. While working there, he ran […]

This Week in Disney History (November 2-8)


1895: Director, and Disney Legend, Ben Sharpsteen (Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo) is born in Tacoma, Washington. 1896: Illustrator Gustaf Tenggren (Snow White, Bambi, Pinocchio) is born in Vastergotland, Sweden. 1910: Executive, and Disney Legend, Irving Ludwig (president of Buena Vista Distribution during his 40 years at the Walt Disney Company). 1911: Actor Leonard Slye (aka Roy Rogers) (Melody Time, Pecos […]

Walt Disney’s Opera


According to the BBC, The New York City Opera has commissioned Philip Glass (“Einstein on the Beach”) to write a new show about Walt Disney. “The Perfect American” will be an American version of Peter Stephan Jungk’s novel “Der König von Amerika.” The show is scheduled to premier in the 2012-2013 season.