Mouseplanet - The Forgotten Brother Who Built a Magic Kingdom by Jim Korkis
You can hear, in Walt's own voice, how Walt felt about going into business Here is how Walt reflected on his relationship with his brother Roy. Now a new biography of Walt Disney has cast a fresh light on one of the most Disney's father ended up resenting his son and their relationship fell apart. At one meeting, discussing the film Fantasia's soundtrack, Roy. The best known name relating to the Walt Disney Company is, But there wouldn't be a company without his older brother Roy O. Disney.
Disney kicked him out of the room, saying: He testified enthusiastically before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee and detailed what he saw as communist plots to take over Hollywood.
He branded some former animators communists, said the Screen Actors Guild was a communist front and labelled a strike that hit his studio a communist plot. He even contacted the FBI about alleged communist infiltration. When his cartoonists tried to form a union, he brought in armed guards. He fired organisers, cut wages and slashed the opening hours of the studio coffee shop. At one point, faced with a strike picket, Disney had to be physically restrained from attacking the leader of the industrial action.
But it was in his private life that the most disturbing images of Disney emerge.
In fact, Disney himself felt trapped by his creation and public image. Walt Disney is a thing. It's grown to be a whole different meaning than just one man,' he once complained.
He was in effect married to his studio, ignoring his long-suffering wife. He would retreat into his mansion and play with a huge toy train set with a track that ran for an astonishing half a mile in length, including a 90ft-long tunnel.
He also associated with a group of anti-semitic members of the Motion Picture Alliance and frowned on the idea of hiring black people to work in Disneyland. There, he drew commercial illustrations for advertising, theater programs and catalogs.
He also befriended fellow artist Ub Iwerks. They started their own business, the short-lived Iwerks-Disney Commercial Artists. Cauger; the following month Iwerks, who was not able to run their business alone, also joined. With the assistance of a borrowed book on animation and a camera, he began experimenting at home.
Although New York was the center of the cartoon industry, he was attracted to Los Angeles because his brother Roy was convalescing from tuberculosis there.
She was losing the rights to both the Out of the Inkwell and Felix the Cat cartoons, and needed a new series. In October, they signed a contract for six Alice comedieswith an option for two further series of six episodes each. They married in July of that year, at her brother's house in her hometown of Lewiston, Idaho. Mintz had also persuaded many of the artists involved to work directly for him, including Harman, Ising, Carman Maxwell and Friz Freleng.
Disney also found out that Universal owned the intellectual property rights to Oswald. Mintz threatened to start his own studio and produce the series himself if Disney refused to accept the reductions. Disney declined Mintz's ultimatum and lost most of his animation staff, except Iwerks, who chose to remain with him. In the words of one Disney employee, "Ub designed Mickey's physical appearance, but Walt gave him his soul.
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After the animation was complete, Disney signed a contract with the former executive of Universal Pictures, Pat Powersto use the "Powers Cinephone" recording system;  Cinephone became the new distributor for Disney's early sound cartoons, which soon became popular.
Also hired at this time were several local artists, some of whom stayed with the company as core animators; the group later became known as the Nine Old Men. InDisney tried to trim costs from the process by urging Iwerks to abandon the practice of animating every separate cel in favor of the more efficient technique of drawing key poses and letting lower-paid assistants sketch the inbetween poses.
Disney asked Powers for an increase in payments for the cartoons. Powers refused and signed Iwerks to work for him; Stalling resigned shortly afterwards, thinking that without Iwerks, the Disney Studio would close.
Disney had been nominated for another film in that category, Mickey's Orphansand received an Honorary Award "for the creation of Mickey Mouse". The film's success led to a further increase in the studio's staff, which numbered nearly by the end of the year.
Later, he and his wife lived in a cottage at Bay Hill, next door to Joe Fowler.
Roy would work long hours during the day and at night accompanied by his wife, he would browse through the local stores. Reportedly, tool counters in stores especially fascinated him.
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There were five cottages allocated for Disney executives and sometimes there would be backyard cookouts to boost morale for the displaced Californians. My job all along was to help Walt do the things he wanted to do. He did the dreaming. I did the building. At the dedication, Roy was asked by reporters why a grandfather had felt the obligation to tackle this impossible project at this point in his life. I want them to remember my brother today.
Roy returned to California and never came back to Florida. He had planned to stay in California only until February 1st for the annual meeting and then with his wife get on a cruise ship for Australia for a few weeks and make plans for additional travel.
Roy had complained for some time about seeing something like a cloud over his vision but delayed going in for blood tests, assuming he just needed a new prescription for his glasses. Roy Disney fell into a coma on Sunday, December 19, and was rushed to a hospital. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage on Monday night, December 20, in Room at St.