Animation History: The Building Of The Disney Studio

Valley Progress: Disney Comes To The Valley

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.)

Valley Progress: Disney Comes To The Valley
Valley Progress: Disney Comes To The Valley
Valley Progress: Disney Comes To The Valley
Valley Progress: Disney Comes To The Valley

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…

Valley Progress: Disney Comes To The Valley

Aerial view of Burbank before Disney’s studio is built.

Valley Progress: Disney Comes To The Valley

Aerial view of the Disney studio.

Valley Progress: Disney Comes To The Valley

Helen Jordan’s photos of the studio under construction.

Valley Progress: Disney Comes To The Valley

The newly completed animation building in 1939.

Stephen Worth
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This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Animation.

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