2017 Member Gift

Drawing from the Masters | D23 2017 Gold Member Gift: Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men

In this final installment of the Nine Old Men video series, discover how Walt’s legendary artists inspired a new generation of animators to lead Disney filmmaking into the future. Join directors Pete Docter, John Musker, Ron Clements, and Chris Buck; animators Mark Henn and Dale Baer; and Disney Legends Burny Mattinson and Andreas Deja as they recall memories about…

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Lady and the Tramp, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, and Bambi

Get to Know the Animators Behind Your Favorite Disney Films

Celebrate some of the most legendary artists behind classic Disney animated films with this year’s D23 Member Gift.

By Greg Ehrbar

The first “nine old men” were Supreme Court justices—all more than 90 years old—who were trying to block President Franklin Roosevelt’s “New Deal” in the mid-1930s. When Walt Disney selected his first-string…

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Ludwig Von Drake and Walt Disney

Did You Know? 8 Genius Facts About Ludwig Von Drake

By Jim Fanning

Hello there, you kooky people, you! Are you in for a treat! Fifty-five years ago—on September 24, 1961—the egotistical, erudite, eccentric professor Ludwig Von Drake made his debut on the premiere episode of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. The only major animated character Walt created especially for television, Professor Von Drake is…

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The Great Mouse Detective

Did You Know? Unravel 8 Sneaky Facts from The Great Mouse Detective

By Jim Fanning

Get a clue! As you may have deduced, it’s the 30th anniversary of Disney’s The Great Mouse Detective, which was released on July 2, 1986. The intriguing animated action-adventure details the exploits of a Sherlock Holmes-inspired mouse. Tricked out in deerstalker hat and Inverness cape, and brandishing a calabash pipe and magnifying glass, the…

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Eric Larson

Eric Larson

Celebrate some of the most legendary artists behind classic Disney animated films with this year’s D23 Member Gift.

Toward the end of his enduring career at The Walt Disney Studios, animator Eric Larson became a gentle and devoted mentor to the next generation of up-and-coming Disney artists. Former student Andreas Deja, who animated such Disney characters as…

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