Kitty, Kansas City, Kansas
A: Early songs, before the Billboard Hot 100 began in 1958, included “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?”, and the songs from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio. “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” was very popular, as was “The Ballad of Davy Crockett.” After 1958, the following songs made it to No. 1 on the charts: “A Whole New World” (Aladdin), “All for Love” (The Three Musketeers), and “You’ll Be in My Heart (Tarzan).
Colby, Charlottesville, Virginia
A: The Walt Disney Archives is not open to researchers from outside the Company, but I refer you to JB Kaufman’s book, South of the Border with Disney, and the documentary film, Walt & El Grupo.
Megan, Belleville, Illinois
A: A history degree is a good start. Experience working in libraries or archives is helpful, as is a thorough knowledge of The Walt Disney Company. I suggest that you check into the Walt Disney World College Program.
Myk, Cardiff, Wales, U.K.
A: Goofy was created as a human-type character (he wears clothes, walks upright, etc.), while Pluto was created simply as a dog.
Ed, Sao Paulo, SP-Brazil
A: Primitive Pete was a character created by Disney for a General Motors training film entitled The ABC of Hand Tools. Pete was supposedly the caveman who first figured how to make a hand tool out of a stick and a rock. The film was delivered to General Motors in 1946, and was used by them as a training tool for many years. There were also several versions of a printed booklet with Primitive Pete on the cover.
Tim, Memphis, Tennessee
A: There have been hundreds of different cast nametags since they were first introduced in 1962. The shape has varied, depending on the needs and desires of the individual unit. I assume the Parks’ “bubble” at the top of the nametag provided a space for the cast member to place a years-of-service pin. Wearing a nametag is not common at the Disney Studio, where there is little interaction with the public, but a nametag is part of the costume for the Parks and Disney Store cast members.
Shelby, Dayton, Ohio
A: The Walt Disney Archives does not have any specific information on the Victory Theatre. It would take a tremendous amount of research to determine which Disney films might have played there.
Lisa, Brooklyn, New York
A: Herb Ryman first worked at the Disney Studio in April 1939. The drawing does not seem to be related to any Disney project, so would not be of interest to the Walt Disney Archives.
Samantha, Las Vegas, Nevada
A: The Walt Disney Archives has a relatively small staff, and there are rarely any openings, but you can check the Disney careers website.
Sherry, Lake Isabella, California
A: These pictures are known as fan cards, and there were dozens of them highlighting particular characters or films produced at different times beginning in the 1930s.