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Never-Before-Seen Footage of John Culhane, John Lasseter, Woolie Reitherman and Friends

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In recognition of John Culhane’s passing, filmmaker Mike Bonifer dug through his old home movies and found some delightful 1981 footage of John Culhane, a very young John Lasseter, Disney animation legend Woolie Reitherman, and others from a Disney tour of American colleges:

Says Mike:

Scenes from one of the many adventures we shared. This was a 1981 tour I produced, where we took Disney filmmakers to 40 college campuses on the Mickey Mouse One. It was an incredible, memorable time. As you can tell, we had a lot of fun. And it was important to connect the younger Disney artists to an audience we could tell had great reverence for the Disney animated films, and animation generally. These scenes feature John Culhane, [his wife] Hind Rassam Culhane, John Lasseter, Woolie Reitherman, Janie Reitherman, Tom Wilhite, Keith Chaney (Lon “The Wolfman’s” nephew) and L.G. Weaver.

Culhane’s comments about lamps is most likely a reference to John Lasseter’s student film The Lady And The Lamp.

  • Pedro Nakama

    Kodachrome 40 Super 8 sound. And it still holds up today.

  • Mister Twister

    I like this recording. Not biased, not trying to sell you anything, just people having fun and being intentionally funny.

  • Mister Twister

    I like this recording. Not biased, not trying to sell you anything, just people having fun and being intentionally funny.

  • Matthew Koh

    “Walt’s dead, we missed it”
    I think I’m only one here who can get that reference.

    • Robert Canchola

      Nice catch. Do you have a personal backstory to share regarding those famous words from Mr. Kimball?

  • Debergerack

    2:29 Oh so that’s where Jon Lasseter got the idea for Luxo Jr….