Wilfred Emmons Jackson was one of the tiny handful of Walt Disney’s employees who could say accurately that they were “present at the creation” – not of the studio itself, but of Mickey Mouse, the Silly Symphonies, and the films most distinctively and admirably “Disney”: the great animated shorts and features of the 1930s and 1940s. Jackson joined the Disney staff in 1928, just as the studio was losing much of its staff and its star character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, to Charles Mintz. Some of his first animation is in the first successful sound cartoon, Steamboat Willie (1928), and he directed the first Mickey Mouse cartoon in color, The Band Concert (1935). He directed sequences in many Disney features starting with the first, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).

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