Vintage: Behind the Scenes at Disney Studios (1953)

Vintage: Behind the Scenes at Disney Studios (1953)


The Walt Disney Studios was originally designed around the animation process, with the large animation building in the center of the campus, and adjacent outlying buildings were built for the story department, the music department, the ink-and-paint departments, and the other various functions of the studio. Both above-ground walkways and tunnels connected the buildings, and the campus also included a movie theatre and a number of soundstages.

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Quartet known as The Mello-Men bays in harmony before screen showing four canine characters whose voices they represent in the forthcoming Disney feature cartoon, The Lady and The Tramp. (Photos: Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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A Disney animator and a character he’s drawn. (Photos: Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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A Disney animator peers in a mirror to get facial expressions just right. (Photos: Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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Walt Disney. (Photos: J. R. Eyerman—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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Behind the scenes at Disney studios, 1953. (Photos: Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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Voicing a character for the feature cartoon, The Lady and the Tramp. (Photos: Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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Walt at work gives animated version of what he thinks action ought to look like as he directs story conference on his forthcoming Sleeping Beauty. (Photos: Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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Jim MacDonald, Disney’s sound effects expert, blows across top of jug while other experts make murderous music out of bazooka, disembodied piano and assortment of strings, pipes, hinges, chains. (Photos: Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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A Disney animator peers in a mirror to get facial expressions just right. (Photos: Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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Creating sound effects for a Disney movie, 1953. (Photos: Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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A Disney animator peers in a mirror to get facial expressions just right. (Photos: Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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Disney artists check a cel from the film, The Lady and the Tramp. (Photos: Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)


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