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Walt Disney


Working at Disney
Jules Engel Film-maker
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I did enjoy the place, I didn't… not necessarily enjoy the people I was working immediately. Because I could see that they had very little respect or knowledge or whatever of their studies, of animation or the drawings, you know? And I also, I feel that they resented me because I came in so late, you know? And because they'd been together already, like maybe a year or so. And then that was an unpleasant situation that never got any better. So I was really working against a group of people that said, 'What the hell are you doing here?'

The late Hungarian-American film-maker Jules Engel is best known for his contribution to the field of animation. His work includes the dance sequences in Walt Disney's 'Fantasia' and the creation of 'Mr Magoo'. His films and lithographs are housed in museums all over the world and have won many awards.

Listeners: Bill Moritz Tamara Tracz

William Moritz received his doctorate from USC and pursues parallel careers as filmmaker and writer. His forty-four experimental and animation films have been screened at museums in Paris, Amsterdam and Tokyo, among others. He published widely on Oskar Fischinger, James Whitney, Bruce Conner, the Fleischers and 200 pages of animation history for an AbsolutVodka website. He wrote chapters for the "Oxford History of Cinema", appeared in several television documentaries, curated art exhibits and received a lifetime achievement trophy from the Netherlands Royal Academy for his work with visual music. He has served on film festival juries and received an American Film Institute filmmaking grant. His poetry and plays are also performed and published. He is a leading expert of Oskar Fischinger and recently published a biography of him. He teaches at The California Institute of the Arts.

Tamara Tracz is a writer and filmmaker based in London.

Tags: Walt Disney

Duration: 47 seconds

Date story recorded: April 2003

Date story went live: 24 January 2008