Hal Adelquist

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Hal Adelquist, (pictured above, left of the Mouseketeers) was an assistant director on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, production coordinator on The Mickey Mouse Club, and a loyal Disney employee for 23 years. He was given the boot in 1956 and apparently ended up on Skid Row. Don Brockway found this 1977 article about Adelquist from the New York Times which tells some of the sad story.


  • chris robinson

    yikes, there’s a familiar story.

  • http://www.tomsito.com Tom Sito

    I remember when features had Assistant Directors. The last one I recall was on The Little Mermaid. They were a great go-to person who did a number of important duties. But I guess the producers felt dumping their load onto the pile already on the director and production would save them some money. Too bad.

  • Perry Elliot

    A similar fate befell cartoon writer and Laugh-In scribe Jack Hanrahan. Fortunately for him, friends in his native Cleveland got him into a shelter before it was too late.

  • Joe P

    I love the statement “Hal subsequently fell out of favor with Walt Disney”. What on earth does that mean? More to this story indeed.

  • Floyd Norman

    It wasn’t all pixie dust at the Mouse House in the fifties. I worked near the “command center” of the Mickey Mouse Club TV show, and I remember a number of people getting sacked.

    I didn’t know Hal, because I was just a kid back then. Adelquist was one of many who tried to return and was rebuffed by the studio. Getting turned away by Disney seemed to break the hearts of some guys. I’m not sure why. This is only one of many sad animation stories.

  • Nic Kramer


    I didn’t know Hal, because I was just a kid back then. Adelquist was one of many who tried to return and was rebuffed by the studio. Getting turned away by Disney seemed to break the hearts of some guys. I’m not sure why. This is only one of many sad animation stories.

    Floyd, is that the reason why both Jack Kinney and Jack Hannah were no longer at the studio by 1960?