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! 60 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 Donald…

See more
Ward Kimball

Jiminy Cricket and the Nine Old Men

By Jim Fanning

The Yuletide season encompasses many an enchanting tradition, and, as no less an authority than Jiminy Cricket pointed out in the beloved Disney TV episode “From All of Us to All of You,” originally telecast in 1958, “one of the nicest things that can happen this time of the year is to receive Christmas cards from your friends.” In keeping…

See more
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…

See more
D23 2017 Gold Member Gift: Walt Disney's Nine Old Men

Animation Artifacts: The Nine Old Men Take the Spotlight

By Jim Fanning

Stars. They are meant to shine. And even when these bright lights are not necessarily noticed or significantly celebrated, their brilliance continues to sparkle. So it is with the true luminaries of animation as produced by Walt Disney, his top team of elite animators he affectionately nicknamed the Nine Old Men. This “starring” group of…

See more

The Nine Inspire | D23 2017 Gold Member Gift: Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men

Did you know that scenes from Tangled, Moana, and Frozen were inspired by the Nine Old Men’s work? Discover which ones with some of today’s Disney animators: Amy Smeed, Bert Klein, Jorge Ruiz, Nara Youn, and Chad Sellers!

Discover more about Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men and the D23 2017 Gold Member Gift at D23.com/NineOldMen.

See more
Nine Old Men

The Nine Evolve | D23 2017 Gold Member Gift: Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men

After becoming masters of character animation, the Nine Old Men expanded their horizons and established new Disney storytelling methods for television, Disneyland, and beyond! Discover how the nine evolved with stories from Disney Legends Floyd Norman and Andreas Deja and historian Jim Fanning.

Discover more about Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men and D23 2017 Gold…

See more