Archive for Walt Disney
Alice in Wonderland (1951) Walt Disney Productions :: RKO Radio Pictures / P: Walt Disney / D: Clyde Geronim, Wilfred Jackso, Hamilton Luske / W: Winston Hibler, Ted Sears, Bill Peet, Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Milt Banta, William Cottrell, Dick Kelsey, Joe Grant, Dick Huemer, Del Connell, Tom Oreb, John Walbridge, Lewis Carroll (novel) / E: Lloyd L. Richardson / M: Oliver Wallace / S: Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway, Jerry Colonna, Verna Felton
The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) Walt Disney Productions :: Buena Vista Distribution Company / P: Walt Disney / AP: Bill Walsh / D: Robert Stevenson / W: Bill Walsh, Samuel W. Taylor / C: Edward Colman / E: Cotton Warburton / M: George Bruns / S: Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Kirk, Leon Ames
The Shaggy Dog (1959) Walt Disney Productions :: Buena Vista Distribution Company / P: Walt Disney / AP: Bill Walsh / D: Charles Barton / W: Bill Walsh, Lillie Hayward, Felix Salten (novel) / C: Edward Colman / E: James Ballas / M: Paul J. Smith / S: Fred MacMurray, Jean Hagen, Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Tim Considine, Kevin Corcoran, Cecil Kellaway
The post is part of ClassicBecky’s Brain Food and Wide Screen World’s CinemaScope Blogathon. Be sure click on over and check out all the other wonderful entries. And be sure to check out all the other CinemaScope ads already posted with this handy linkage.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) Walt Disney Productions :: Buena Vista Film Distribution Co. Inc. / P: Walt Disney / D: Richard Fleischer / W: Earl Felton, Jules Verne / C: Franz Planer / E: Elmo Williams / M: Paul J. Smith / S: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre, Robert J. Wilke
Maisie Gets Her Man (1942) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / P: J. Walter Ruben / D: Roy Del Ruth / W: Mary C. McCall Jr., Elizabeth Reinhardt, Ethel Hill / C: Harry Stradling Sr. / E: Fredrick Y. Smith / M: Lennie Hayton / S: Ann Sothern, Red Skelton, Leo Gorcey, Allen Jenkins, Donald Meek
Der Fuehrer’s Face (1942) Walt Disney Productions :: RKO Radio Pictures / P: Walt Disney / D: Jack Kinney / W: Joe Grant, Dick Huemer / M: Oliver Wallace / S: Clarence Nash, Billy Bletcher
And now, Boils and Ghouls, I give you William Girdler’s completely demented The Manitou, whose plot of an ancient Indian shaman being reborn from a tumorous growth on the back of Susan Strasberg’s neck — that’s more malignant than benign, and the fruitless efforts of her boyfriend, in the form of Tony Curtis, and a modern medicine man, in the from of Michael Ansara, to stop him until the patient manages to channel the inner-spirits of technology to send the massacring midget-man back to hell in a laser-disco light-show finale for the ages will definitely leave you boggling. For more on Girdler, The Manitou, and the rest of his catalog, I strongly suggest you check out this wonderful tribute site.
The Manitou (1978) Mid-America Pictures :: Simon Productions :: Manitou Productions Ltd. :: AVCO Embassy / EP: Melvin G. Gordy, David Sheldon, Melvin Simon, Herman Weist / P: William Girdler / AP: Jon Cedar, Scott M. Siegler, Gilles de Turenne / D: William Girdler / W: William Girdler, Jon Cedar, Thomas Pope, Graham Masterton (novel) / C: Michel Hugo / E: Bub Asman / M: Lalo Schifrin S: Tony Curtis, Susan Strasberg, Michael Ansara, Stella Stevens, Burgess Meredith
And we’ll wrap up this week long tribute to Ray Harryhausen where it began for me. E’yup. It was here, in a similar matinee setting back in the 1970’s, that I saw my first Harryhausen film, Jason and the Argonauts, and got my first taste of Dynamic Dynamation. Already enchanted and mesmerized by what I had seen, I clearly remember the climax, when the Children of the Hydra (the skeleton army) first broke out of the ground and assembled, I had edged so far forward in my seat, pulled along as gravity asserted itself on my lower jaw, I almost toppled over into the row ahead of us. And though my dream of being a stop-motion monster animator this encounter inspired never came to pass, I have been living vicariously through Harryhausen’s films ever since and enjoying the hell out of every minute of them. And for that I would like to say, thanks.