The Story of the Animated Drawing

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"The Story of the Animated Drawing"
Original air date 1955 (1955)

"The Story of the Animated Drawing" is an episode of the Disneyland television program.[1] Originally aired in 1955, it shows Walt Disney explaining the history of animation throughout the ages, starting back in prehistoric days and working its way up to some primitive mechanical animation contraptions in the 19th century.

The reenactments in Chapter 1 of the historical devices preceding actual films are taken from the 1946 film, "The Animated Film: The Toy that Grew Up."[2] From there, it goes on to more advanced animation methods, as evidenced in J. Stuart Blackton's Humorous Phases of Funny Faces, Winsor McCay's Gertie the Dinosaur, and J.R. Bray's Colonel Heeza Liar. This is also evidenced in such famed cartoonists as J. R. Bray, Earl Hurd and Pat Sullivan (who is famous for his creation of Felix the Cat). Then it shows a demonstration of how music was synchronized into cartoons in the early days of the cinema.

Then it begins to focus more on Walt Disney's contributions to animation, in sound (Steamboat Willie), in music being the main element (the Silly Symphonies series and Fantasia) and in animated feature films (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Pinocchio). The Nutcracker Suite segment from Fantasia is presented virtually complete.


  1. ^ 'The Story of the Animated Drawing, Walt Disney Treasures: Behind the Scenes at the Walt Disney Studio: A Glimpse Behind the Studio Magic, DVD 2 of 2
  2. ^ "Makin' 'Em Move: Rare Behind the Scenes Footage of Vintage Animation Studios", Thunderbean, http://www.thunderbeananimation.com