For Sale: Rare Disney acetates

Several decades ago, a collector named Mary Rose acquired a collection consisting of some very rare (possibly one of a kind) Disney production recordings from the estate of studio musician, percussionist Hal Rees. These are the acetate discs animators used to animate to. Most of these recordings are dated between 1937 and 1940 and are from such films as Dumbo, Reluctant Dragon and The Little Whirlwind. The recordings have been very well cared for and preserved – and contain early versions of Disney songs, sound effect tests and audio of directors comments made during early stages of production and offer a unique audio glimpse behind the scenes.

Now Mary is interested in selling all or part of this collection to the proper buyer. To me, that would mean a buyer willing to make this material accessible to all of us interested in hearing it. If you might be interested in purchasing one or all of these pieces of Disney history, check out Mary’s website and contact her directly at maryerose2-at-yahoo.com (this email address is better than the one listed on her site). May the best collector win (and share these with us)!


  • KatellaGate

    Let’s just hope these go to a good and responsible home. Pre-production stuff is always the most interesting.

    BTW, I had to Google “Sonovox”… and it turns out I knew what is was all the time. Here’s a sample of the technology in action for “The Reluctant Dragon”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blhqeWpwwkA

    • Chris Sobieniak

      You learn new things everyday!

  • Mark Sonntag

    Thanks Jerry, I’ve contacted Mary to find out the price.

  • http://johncelestri.blogspot.com/ John Celestri

    Jerry, record disc recordings were still being used at DePatie-Freleng in 1977, where I was a young animator on “What’s New Mr. Magoo” and “Baggy Pants & The Nitwits”. I was surprised to be issued a record player and vinyl recordings of the dialog tracks to listen to for lip syncing Jim Backus, Arte Johnson and Ruth Buzzi.

    It took steady hand and eye coordination to get that needle to drop close to the line I wanted to hear (and not have to listen to an entire minute or two of previous dialog).

  • http://none Ron Canion

    I would like to sell an aluminum/ acetate disney record.It plays inside-out at 78 RPM . The content is mainly the”ringmaster” doing different announcements, and some other things I cant recall now. All from the movie: Dumbo. I can send photos. I would like an appraisal if someone would e-mail me.Any interest any where?