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1948 School Textbook about Disney Studio

About Los Angeles is a 1948 childrens text book published by D.C. Heath and Company, which was distributed mainly to Southern California public schools. The illustrations are by Edna Potter. In one chapter, Jack and Carol (the protagonists) visit The Walt Disney Studio in Burbank. It’s simplistic, but essentially accurate. Note the picture of Ward Kimball on page 200, and also note that on page 199 it says:

“…new ideas for Disney cartoons were usually suggested by the artists. They drew the story in pictures.”

I’ve posted the relevant pages below (click on thumbnails to enlarge).

  • Interesting how the book ends with the line that Walt made Mickey Mouse in color in 1934. Actually, Mickey’s first on screen color appearance occurred in 1932.

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  • Chuck R.

    Delightful read! Despite the inaccuracy noted above, there’s some great info that may be surprising to adults as well as kids.

    As Jerry points out, a lot of overdue credit is paid the hordes of rank-and-file artists that make movies happen. Unfortunately, they give “sound” short shrift. Music is “chosen” as if it’s pulled from the ether, instead of being painstakingly created by equally dedicated composers, musicians and engineers.

    The Stallings, Bradleys, Shermans and Giacchinos of the industry contribute immeasurably to the moviegoing experience.

  • Kevin

    The Mickey Mouse series didn’t go all-color until 1935 (so the book was wrong in a different way)

    Parade of the Award Nominees wasn’t a real Mickey short.

  • Interesting choice for the family’s name.

    Disney Geeks might remember that the studio tour guide in Disney’s live-action/animated film, “The Reluctant Dragon” was played by actor, Buddy Pepper.

  • Jim

    What happened to pages 204-213? The completist in me wants to see it all!

    Thanks for posting this.

  • Jim – Pages 204-213 have nothing to do with animation or Disney. I only posted the relevant text. You’ll have to seek out a copy of this rare text book yourself if you want to read the rest.

  • Jerry,

    Great post. It is amazing to see what counts as publicity, relevant information and accuracy in the textbooks. I wonder what the test on this section actually looked like!