“Making Mickey Mouse Act For the Talkies”

Calling all animation historians and Disney geeks! Our friends at the Modern Mechanix blog have dug up another animation related article from their stash of long lost popular science/mechanics publications of the 1930s. This time it’s Making Mickey Mouse Act For the Talkies from the March 1931 issue of Modern Mechanix magazine. The article, by Gordon S. Mitchell of Universal’s sound department – who includes ample references to Lantz’s Oswald Rabbit – is a pretty poorly written explanation of how cartoons are produced. However, it does feature several unique behind-the-scenes photos and drawings, and well worth a look for how animation production was explained to the public in those long ago days before DVD bonus features. Check it out here.

(Thanks, C. Peklenk)