Herman Schultheis

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Herman Schultheis, P.H.D was a Walt Disney Studios photographer and technician in the Special Effects Department between February 1939 to June 1940.[1] He would be best known for his work on Fantasia, Dumbo, and Bambi but also Pinocchio. Schultheis kept a meticulous journal of advanced special effects techniques used in Disney films, it is on display at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, CA.[2]

Mr. Schultheis, an avid world traveler, is believed to have perished in a Guatemalan jungle in 1955.[3][4] His notebook, once offered to Walt for a paltry sum of $200 in 1939, was discovered by Howard Lowery hidden away in a murphy bed upon his widow's death in the early 1990s.[5]


  1. ^ Canemaker, John (1996). Secrets of Disney's Visual Effects: The Schultheis Notebooks. pp. 66–73, 118. 
  2. ^ "The Schultheis Notebook | Second Story". Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  3. ^ AP (Nov 25, 1956). "Body Found i n Jungle May be US Tourist's". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Jacobs, Horace (July 1955). "Schultheis Disappears in Guatemala Mystery" (PDF). Librazette. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Michael Sporn Animation - Splog". Retrieved 8 February 2012.