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  • Blog Post: The "Chanticleer" Saga -- Part 3

    OUR STORY SO FAR: Since the late 1930s, Walt Disney had been trying to turn Edmund Rostand's satirical comedy, "Chantecler" into an animated motion picture. But -- in spite of the best efforts of the studio's top artists and storymen -- the project just wouldn't jell. So Walt reluctantly tabled the proposed...
  • Blog Post: Be Careful What You Wish For

    Spring 1991: Robin Williams was suited up in green tights and hanging from a wire when he got the call. It was then Disney Studio head Jeffrey Katzenberg on the line. Realizing that Robin was busy filming Steven Spielberg's big budget Peter Pan update, Jeffrey apologized for the intrusion. But the...
  • Blog Post: The "Chanticleer" Saga -- Part 2

    OUR STORY SO FAR: For over a decade, Walt Disney and his animators struggled to turn Edmond Rostand's satiric play, "Chantecler," into a feature length animated film. But -- in spite of the efforts of dozens of talented artists and gag men -- no one at the studio could ever figure out how to pull this...
  • Blog Post: "We all make mistakes..."

    QUESTION: What did Walt Disney actually think of the original "Fantasia?" ANSWER: Well ... Um ... Perhaps the best way to sum Walt's feelings about his studio's 1940 release would be to recall his appearance at the 1941 Academy Awards. Walt stood at the podium, crying. "We all make mistakes ... I shall...
  • Blog Post: The "Chanticleer" Saga -- Part 1

    Bad news, kids. Disney's animated version of "Don Quixote" is DOA. Again. For almost 60 years now, Walt Disney Studios has been trying to turn Cervantes' satiric stories about the Knight of the Rueful Countenance into an animated feature. Different teams of artists -- in 1940, 1946 and 1951 respectively...
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