Sunday, August 17, 2014


The man who owned 20% of Diz Co.

Ub Iwerks published the first Color-Sound cartoon 84 years ago [yesterday], starring Flip the Frog. But chances are, you’re much more likely to know him for his other cartoon creation: Mickey Mouse. ...

Old Ub was Walt's right-hand man until he left the company in 1930, turning in his ownership share of Walt Disney Productions, which totaled 20%. (If he'd hung on to it, his nut would be worth around $28,500,000,000 today. Ah well ...)

Ub returned to Disney in 1940, working as a special effects technician rather than an animator. He passed away in '71 at the age of seventy, and his two sons (don and Dave) continued his legacy.


Unknown said...

First "TWO STRIP" color film--featuring only red and green. Many shorts (live and cartoon) were made in this process. But Disney got the third--and thus full color--process (Three Strip) exclusively (exclusively for both live and animation!) for 5 years (although he relented for Live Action after 3 years--but not for animation)

Roy found out the Fleischers had talked Herbert Kalmus (inventor of Technicolor) into using the process for a short that would not be released unil Disney's contract ran out...but Roy shut it down.

Steve Hulett said...

Walter Lantz did a two-strip piece of animation for a specialty feature with the Paul Whiteman orchestra in 1930. And the Fleischers did a Betty Boop "Cinderella" short in glowing, two-strip color in the mid thirties.

Unknown said...

And the first color Mickey Mouse animation-three strip--from 1932. Specially made for the Oscars.

3 years before The Band Concert. But same year as Flowers and Trees.

David said...

Iwerks used a two-strip process called HarrisColor (not two-strip Technicolor) for the Flip the Frog cartoon 'Fiddlesticks' (1930).

Concurrent with Disney signing the exclusive contract to use three-strip Technicolor , independent producer Ted Eshabaugh had completed or nearly completed a three-strip Technicolor short based on "The Wizard of Oz", but the Disney-Technicolor deal sunk Eshabaugh's film into obscurity. (Technicolor's Herbert Kalmus had started working with Eshabaugh before Disney, but once Kalmus landed the better-known Disney to showcase his three-strip color process he broke off with Eshabaugh)

Eshabaugh's 'Wizard of Oz' Technicolor cartoon has recently been restored and released on a BluRay volume entitled 'Technicolor Dreams and Black and White Nightmares'

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