ML: How did you first hear about the Dumbo project at the Studio?
WK: It happened in the parking lot on Hyperion Avenue, the old studio. I happened to pass Walt coming back from lunch, and he stopped me, and he said he wanted to tell me about a new picture they were considering, and it sounded like a good one. He quickly outlined the whole plot in about five minutes, and thought that I would enjoy working on a sequence where the crows teach Dumbo how to fly.
I was a little excited about it, because it seemed to be such a tight story, and the fact that he could tell the whole thing in five minutes, even though he condensed it, it sounded like a great idea. An elephant, a little baby elephant with big ears, of which his clown friends who were making fun with him. So that’s the first I ever heard of it.
ML: Would that have been in 1939 or in 1940?
WK: That would be in the early part of ‘39.
- Parent entry
- 1 - Letters of Otto Englander (Otto Englander)
- 2 - Jack Campbell [biography] (Steven Hartley)
- 3 - Van Kaufman (Mark Langer)
- 4 - Ward Kimball
- 5 - Bill Hurtz (Mark Langer)
- 6 - Fini Rudiger-Littlejohn (Michael Barrier)
- 7 - Fini (Josephine) Rudiger-Littlejohn (Helmut G. Asper)
- 8 - Eric Gurney interview and letters to Eric Gurney (Random House)
- 9 - Wilfred Jackson (Dave Smith)
- 10 - Eric Larson (John Culhane)
- 11 - Burny Mattinson (EMC West)
- 12 - Letter by George Harding Foster to Harrison B. Kinney (George Harding Foster)
- 13 - Marc Davis (Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston)
- 14 - Claude Coats and Evie Coats (Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston)
- 15 - Wathel Rogers (Dave Smith)
- 16 - Bob Otto (Michael Broggie)
- 17 - Marvin Davis and Marjorie Davis (Michael Broggie, Gary Oakland)
- 18 - Marty Sklar (Chuck Schmidt)
- 19 - Marty Sklar (Michael Broggie)
- 20 - Joe Fowler (Jay Horan)
- 21 - Rock Hall (Jim Korkis)
- 22 - Pat Burke (Alain Littaye)