Burny Mattinson has worked at Disney Animation for well over 50 years on such titles as Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, Robin Hood, The Rescuers, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, The Great Mouse Detective, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Mulan. In part two, Burny describes his transition from his short lived career as a full-fledged animator to a story artist and then to director. He also tells about the transition the studio made from Walt to the twilight of the careers of the Nine Old Men to the development of newer talent that has led the studio through the last 25 years.


  • 00:01:14  Intro
  • 00:01:29  Winnie the Pooh and getting in to story
  • 00:03:31  Story with Woolie Reitherman on the Rescuers
  • 00:04:55  Creating the diamond
  • 00:06:41  Rescuers rippling water
  • 00:08:22  Experience with Walt Disney
  • 00:12:47  Direction without Walt Disney
  • 00:14:33  Still the young kid
  • 00:15:20  Transition during Fox and the Hound
  • 00:16:55  Boarding process on Fox and the Hound
  • 00:19:25  Woolie's flying experience applied to animation
  • 00:21:33  Story artists
  • 00:22:25  Woolie removed as director
  • 00:24:52  Problems on Black Cauldron
  • 00:28:17  Pitching Mickey's Christmas Carol
  • 00:31:42  Promoted to director
  • 00:32:22  Finding voices for the cast
  • 00:37:45  Glen Keane and Mark Henn animating
  • 00:39:40  Ed Gombert getting in to story
  • 00:41:11  Length of Mickey's Christmas Carol
  • 00:41:21  Union strike
  • 00:41:52  Working under the radar
  • 00:42:55  Wrapping up
  • 00:43:18  Conclusion of Part 2

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