Among the collection of Clair Weeks was a publication from 1939 dealing with the construction of Disney’s studio in Burbank. It’s a fascinating look at the way the Disney operation was structured at the peak of its success. The end of the article is taken up with a detailed description of the production process at Disney. (Note: There’s an error in the order of the steps in the section on story- the script was transcribed from the storyboard, not the other way around. And they discuss voice recording out of sequence as well.)
Now that you’ve read the article, click on these images to see Hans Perk’s AFilm LA for more info on the Burbank lot…
Aerial view of Burbank before Disney’s studio is built.
Aerial view of the Disney studio.
Helen Jordan’s photos of the studio under construction.
The newly completed animation building in 1939.
This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Animation.