Wilfred Jackson was one of cartoon’s greatest director. Coming to the studio in 1928 as Walt was in the throws of the Oswald debacle, he got into directing quite by accident, having helped Walt work out synchronization problems for the early sound cartoons (a method still used to this day). He remained until his retirement in the sixties. For Snow White, the world’s first feature-length cartoon, he directed two major sequences, the entertainment section and the final sequence of the film beginning with the montage of the change of seasons. His work remains on this and others (he directed The Old Mill in the Multiplane Camera’s debut in 1937) exemplary and helped to set a standard by which all subsequent cartoon directors must be judged. Here, from an interview in Winter 1988, shortly before his death, he speaks at length of Snow White, Walt, Frank Churchill, arguably cartoon’s greatest composer, as well as his own beginnings in the cartoon business, all in his own unique and self-effacing manner.
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