Disney’s Armchair Archivists

This has probably popped up on all the Disney fan pages, but I thought it worthy of posting here for Brew readers who (like me) avoid those sites. It’s the first episode of Disney’s D23 webcast, Armchair Archivists, hosted by Disney buffs Steve Czarnecki and Josh Turchetta. It’s worth watching for the bittersweet vault footage of Walt, his last appearance before the cameras, in a special clip introducing a screening of Follow Me, Boys!. They also introduce Disney Archives head Becky Cline who shows off a few nifty items, such as Walt’s Laugh-O-Grams directors megaphone and some original 1917 drawings. Enjoy!


  • http://tomboycomics.blogspot.com Emily

    Wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • http://adreamer49.wordpress.com/ Jacob

    It really is too bad they don’t have hosts for these video’s who really seem to have a passion for the Disney studio and Walt’s personal History. The acting is almost unbearable. However, loved seeing the footage and some very interesting artifacts from Walt’s past!

    • Julian Carter

      I understand what you mean about the hosts, but artificial as they may seem I don’t think we should automatically consider them uninterested or not really passionate about Walt’s history. For all we know they may be Disney nuts. :P

      • http://adreamer49.wordpress.com/ Jacob

        They can be Disney fans. But, sadly they are not showing their passion very well through trying to hit their ques while reading off of a script. To me they don’t “seem” to be passionate about what they are saying or looking at and that really is too bad.

      • Yensid

        We don’t know the conditions in which these guys have to work, we should give it a chance, a lot of shows get off to a rough start and find their groove.

    • Yensid

      Who says they are acting, who says they are actors? I kinda like the raw, unpolished feel…very gritty and different than most Disney shows.

  • Julian Carter

    I was instantly fascinated by those Walt Disney drawings. We don’t get a good view, but they certainly look interesting (I was especially intrigued by that which appears to be a woman’s portrait/caricature).

    Is there any way to see other such drawings? I’ve just never been quite sure how good Walt was with a pencil. He always seems to be painted as hugely inferior to Ub Iwerks, which makes me think there must have been a huge gap in skills between him and and his artists (especially when they were at their peak on Fantasia and Bambi).

    • Paul N

      If you want to see some examples of Walt’s art and are ever in S.F., hit up the Disney Family Museum. The first gallery has quite a few examples of Walt’s personal work, mostly from his days as an ambulance driver just after WWI

  • Steven M.

    Can’t wait for the next episode.

  • Mike Clark

    The hosts are D23 employees and obviously fans of the company as they state several times.

    If they’re not as slick as the hosts on E.T. or Access Hollywood that’s a good thing. I’d rather have informed insiders than someone who just reads off a Teleprompter.

    Give them a couple of weeks and things will settle into a comfortable pattern.

    • http://2dwannabe.blogspot.com robcat2075

      Maybe part of the problem is that hosts on ET or Access Hollywood are emulated as ideals. Those are people who’s main talent is to hype 4 seconds of content into a 2 minute report.

  • Scarabim

    Walt…how you’re missed…

  • David Breneman

    Who in the hell shot the interview with the archivist and why isn’t he unemployed? I’ve seen home movies on You Tube with better camera work. It’s one thing to try to give a piece a sense of intimacy by taking the camera off the tripod to achieve an “unplanned” effect; it’s another thing entirely to move the camera around so manically that your audience can’t even get a good look at what’s being photographed. I came away from that segment reaching for the Dramamine.

    • Mike Clark

      David has an excellent point. The ‘shakey-cam’ style of news camerawork has been making viewers dizzy for years now.

      It’s extra painful here because the viewer would like the shot to linger long enough to appreciate the artwork or memorabilia on display.

      Get out the sticks!

  • Jorgen Klubien

    Not Geeky at all.

  • Steve Menke

    Suddenly, it’s last May, I’m back at the Walt Disney Family Museum, in the “December 15, 1966″ room… and everyone’s mistyeyed. I see the editorial cartoon, reminding that Walt’s passing wasn’t too far from Christmas, and I choked. Nice discovery of Walt’s last filming.

    (If you take a cab out to the WDFM, be sure to have the exact address for the driver. Newbies like me didn’t quite realize how far The Presidio goes.)

  • Yensid

    Refreshing to see host’s who aren’t all Hollywood and polished in my opinion, makes it real, makes it feel like fans had a chance to get up in front of the cameras and do a show for other fans, and thats gained my appreciation and newfound loyalty for this new web-series. And I’m not saying the host’s (Steve & Josh) are unprofessional in any way, I have a friend who met them at a D23 event recently and she said they totally hung out w/ the attendees, waited in lines to see things themselves, were funny and down to earth, so I’d rather have those kinda of hosts delivering the information than cold, uncaring and overpaid actors who could care less about content and only about the cash. So Armchair Archivists, you have a fan in me!!!