Disney History Institute Podcast

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The Disney History Institute Podcast--exploring the history of animation and of early cinematic amusement parks.

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DHI Special - Dick Huemer and the Early Days of American Animation Part Five
22:44

How did American animation get its start? Find out in this five-part series that follows animation pioneer, Dick Huemer as he moves from early New York animation studios to Disney, where he helps oversee story development on Fantasia, Dumbo and other classic films.

 
Aug 10, 2018
DHI Special - Dick Huemer and the Early Days of American Animation Part Four
20:35

How did American animation get its start? Find out in this five-part series that follows animation pioneer, Dick Huemer as he moves from early New York animation studios to Disney, where he helps oversee story development on Fantasia, Dumbo and other classic films.

 
Aug 07, 2018
DHI Special - Dick Huemer and the Early Days of American Animation Part Three
23:43

How did American animation get its start? Find out in this five-part series that follows animation pioneer, Dick Huemer as he moves from early New York animation studios to Disney, where he helps oversee story development on Fantasia, Dumbo and other classic films.

Aug 03, 2018
DHI Special - Dick Huemer and the Early Days of American Animation Part Two
23:08

How did American animation get its start? Find out in this five-part series that follows animation pioneer, Dick Huemer as he moves from early New York animation studios to Disney, where he helps oversee story development on Fantasia, Dumbo and other classic films.

Jul 31, 2018
DHI Special - Dick Huemer and the Early Days of American Animation Part 1
44:53

In this five-part series, follow animation pioneer, Dick Huemer as he moves from the early New York animation studios out to Disney’s where he eventually helps oversee story development for Fantasia, Dumbo and other classic films. 

Jul 26, 2018
DHI 053 - Winsor McCay and the Origins of American Animation
36:05

The story of how Winsor McCay helped create the field of American animation.

Jun 29, 2018
DHI 052 - Flags and New Frontiers
29:09

The surprising history of the American flag at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Jun 14, 2018
DHI 051 - Unbuilt Disney - Symphony of America
19:35

Journey through the never-built Disney attraction, Symphony of America.

Jun 09, 2018
DHI 050 - An Unusual History of Audio-Animatronics
33:21

Did a 1934 exhibition of mechanical presidents inspire Walt Disney to build his own Audio-Animatronics?

May 25, 2018
DHI 049 - Walt's Lost Hotels
12:48

In 1966, Walt's team laid out plans for the Florida resort--plans for hotels very different than those built years after his death.

May 09, 2018
DHI 048 - Roy Disney Goes to Florida
26:12

In 1950, Roy Disney visited Florida and had an experience that may have changed the course of the Disney empire.

May 02, 2018
DHI 047 - Mary Blair and the Mystery of the Five-Legged Goat
22:04

In this, the first of four episodes partially recorded live at Walt Disney World, I look at the fabulous Grand Canyon Concourse Mural by Mary Blair.  I also explore the mystery of the five-legged goat.

Apr 24, 2018
DHI 046 - Screenwriting with Walt
35:47

The story of Larry Watkin, the lead Disney screenwriter in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

Mar 13, 2018
DHI 045 - The Secret History of The Sweatbox
40:10

In the 1930s, artists saw "The Sweatbox" as the practice that pushed Disney's animation beyond work produced by rival studios.  

Feb 15, 2018
DHI 044 - X Atencio & The Path of the Imagineer
59:50

Pirates of the Caribbean.  Haunted Mansion.  Adventure Thru Inner Space.  These are a few of the attractions that X Atencio helped create.  The surprising story of his career, from animation to Imagineering, on the DHI Podcast. 

 

 

Nov 10, 2017
DHI 043 - Adventures in Color - Part 2
53:16

In 1932, the Technicolor Corporation created a unique process system to present full-color presentations using images captured only on black-and-white film.  Instead of looking to one of the major studios to premiere their full-color process, they looked to Walt Disney and animation.  The story of Technicolor and its longtime connection with Walt Disney Productions is the subject of this special two-part podcast.  

Sep 14, 2017
DHI 042 - Adventures in Color - Part 1
40:02

In 1932, the Technicolor Corporation created a unique process system to present full-color presentations using images captured only on black-and-white film.  Instead of looking to one of the major studios to premiere their full-color process, they looked to Walt Disney and animation.  The story of Technicolor and its longtime connection with Walt Disney Productions is the subject of this special two-part podcast.  

Aug 24, 2017
DHI 041 - The Road to Pandora - Part 2
40:12

The story of how the Walt Disney Company finally built Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Jun 19, 2017
DHI 040 - The Road to Pandora - Part 1
45:18

The story of how the Walt Disney Company finally built Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

May 26, 2017
DHI 039 - Women on a Wire Part 3
19:55

Two final stories about the wire - The Mechanical Pixie & Flight Comes to Florida

Apr 27, 2017
DHI 038 - Women on a Wire Part 2
25:13

Stories from women who rode the wire as Tinkerbell--featuring Mimi Zerbini.

Apr 21, 2017
DHI 037 - Women on a Wire - Part 1
35:20

The surprising story of the 70-year-old woman who flew as Disneyland’s first Tinkerbell.

Mar 16, 2017
DHI 036 - Bill Sullivan and the Early Days of Disneyland
20:49

Disney Legend, Bill Sullivan tells stories of the early days of Disneyland.

Feb 14, 2017
DHI 035 - Project Spring
17:38

In the early 1960s, Walt Disney explored building a tourist attraction in Monterey, California.  The story of that never-built project on the DHI Podcast. 

Feb 04, 2017
DHI 034 - Project Satellite
18:00

Five years after Disneyland opened, Walt explored building a series of micro parks across the country, parks roughly three to four acres in size and filled with Fantasyland-style attractions for kids. The story of these never-built micro parks, known inside the company as Project Satellite, on the DHI Podcast.

Jan 31, 2017
DHI 033 - First Christmas at Disneyland
31:37

The story of Disneyland's first Christmas.

Dec 23, 2016
DHI 032 - The Bible Storyland Fiasco
47:06

In 1960, when two ex-Disneyland designers tried to develop a massive theme park just east of Disneyland, local ministers and rabbis attempted to shut them down.

Nov 15, 2016
DHI 031 - Ward Kimball and the Making of Snow White
46:24

The making of Snow White--from the perspective of lead Disney animator, Ward Kimball.

Oct 20, 2016
DHI 030 - The Yippie Invasion of Disneyland Part 3
43:00

<< Part Three >>
August 6, 1970 – One of the most famous days in the history of Disneyland, the day the Yippie Movement invaded the park. The ideals of post-war conformity and consumerism set against the activism of America’s counterculture. With concerns of guest safety, Disneyland management turned park security over to the Anaheim Police Department who dispatched 150 officers in full riot gear onto Main Street.

Sep 23, 2016
DHI 029 - The Yippie Invasion of Disneyland Part 2
23:01

<< Part Two >>
August 6, 1970 – One of the most famous days in the history of Disneyland, the day the Yippie Movement invaded the park. The ideals of post-war conformity and consumerism set against the activism of America’s counterculture. With concerns of guest safety, Disneyland management turned park security over to the Anaheim Police Department who dispatched 150 officers in full riot gear onto Main Street.

Sep 15, 2016
DHI 028 - The Yippie Invasion of Disneyland Part 1
25:20

August 6, 1970 – One of the most famous days in the history of Disneyland, the day the Yippie Movement invaded the park. The ideals of post-war conformity and consumerism set against the activism of America’s counterculture. With concerns of guest safety, Disneyland management turned park security over to the Anaheim Police Department who dispatched 150 officers in full riot gear onto Main Street.

Sep 13, 2016
DHI 027 - The History of It's a Small World - Part Three
32:49

The History of It's A Small World.  // Part Three: California and Beyond.

Jul 26, 2016
DHI 026 - The History of It's a Small World - Part Two
25:29

The History of It's A Small World.  // Part Two: The Music and the Fair.

Jul 07, 2016
DHI 025 - The History of It's a Small World - Part One
38:40

The History of It's A Small World.  // Part One: The Designers.

Jun 30, 2016
DHI 024 - Ruth Shellhorn, The First Female Designer of Disneyland
39:09

In 1955, there was only one female designer who walked the site each week with Walt while Disneyland was being built.  Her name, Ruth Shellhorn, a landscape architect who designed large sections of the park.  On this episode of the DHI Podcast, her story.

May 26, 2016
DHI 023 - Disneyland In Palm Beach Gardens - Part Two
20:48

In 1959, Walt Disney made a handshake agreement to build a second Disneyland in Florida--not in Orlando but in Palm Beach Gardens, an hour north of Miami.

Apr 27, 2016
DHI 022 - Disneyland In Palm Beach Gardens - Part One
15:47

In 1959, Walt Disney made a handshake agreement to build a second Disneyland in Florida--not in Orlando but in Palm Beach Gardens, an hour north of Miami.

Apr 19, 2016
DHI 021 - The Missing Windows of Main Street Part 2
38:56

The Mystery of Bob Mattey's Missing Window

Mar 31, 2016
DHI 020 - The Missing Windows of Main Street Part 1
23:25

The story of Nat Winecoff's missing window.

Mar 19, 2016
DHI 019 - The Mysterious CV Wood and the Origins of Disneyland
10:50

DHI 019 - The Mysterious CV Wood and the Origins of Disneyland

The first chapter from THREE YEARS IN WONDERLAND that introduces the most mysterious man in the history of Disneyland.

 

Mar 09, 2016
DHI Special - Disney-MGM Studio Backlot Part 4
19:30

In the 1980s, Disney designed a massive entertainment complex and studio tour for Burbank...but never built it. 

Mar 08, 2016
DHI Special - Disney-MGM Studio Backlot Part 3
18:43

In the 1980s, Disney designed a massive entertainment complex and studio tour for Burbank...but never built it. 

Mar 03, 2016
DHI 018 - The Jack Lindquist Story: Disneyland in the 1950s
17:35

The story of how Disneyland's first advertising manager transformed the amusements industry forever.

Mar 01, 2016
DHI Special - Disney-MGM Studio Backlot Part 2
22:49

In the 1980s, Disney designed a massive entertainment complex and studio tour for Burbank...but never built it. 

Feb 26, 2016
DHI Special - Disney-MGM Studio Backlot Part 1
21:53

The story of a massive entertainment complex that Disney designed for Burbank but never built.

Feb 23, 2016
DHI 017 - Dateline Disneyland
24:41

1955 - To premiere his park, Walt Disney arranged for Disneyland’s grand opening to be broadcast on live TV—a show called “Dateline: Disneyland.” On the DHI Podcast, the never-before-told story of how this historic telecast nearly fell apart at the last minute.

Feb 10, 2016
DHI 016 - Secrets of Frontierland
18:37

Two stories from Frontierland: First, is the Golden Horseshoe Saloon a re-creation of the saloon in the western film Calamity Jane or a re-creation of the most famous burlesque girlie club in the world?  Then, the story of a boat that Walt originally wanted to build for his Disneyland river, a boat that never made it off the drawing board.

Jan 25, 2016
DHI 015 - The Frontierland That Never Was
17:47

In this podcast three things: Star Wars Land, a section of Disneyland that Walt created but never built, and the Frontierland that never was.

Jan 18, 2016
DHI 014 - Harriet Burns
25:37

The story of the first female Imagineer - with Bob Gurr, Rolly Crump and Blaine Gibson.

Jan 08, 2016
DHI 013 - Walt's Last New Year's
15:45

The story of Walt Disney's participation in the 1966 Rose Parade in Pasadena--the start of his final year.

Jan 01, 2016
DHI 012- Race and Culture at Disneyland
17:56

The forthcoming American Experience on Walt Disney has many interviews with men and women who worked with Walt Disney.  But it also includes cultural critics whose commentary may not match a historical understanding of Walt.

Aug 22, 2015
DHI 011 - Pinto Colvig Story
28:19

So who was Pinto Colvig?  The voice of Goofy, the voice of multiple dwarfs in Snow White, the voice of practical pig, a sound effects man, and an animator.  One of my projects for this past year was to edit and introduce Pinto Colvig’s memoir (written in the 1940s) for publication.   This is the earliest known book-length memoir by a Disney artist.  The book is out.  And now here is the Pinto Colvig Story podcast. 

Aug 18, 2015
DHI 010 - Blaine Gibson
20:49

Earlier this month, Blaine Gibson, Disney animator and sculptor, passed away at the age of 97.   I was lucky enough to interview Blaine multiple times.   I’ve assembled this podcast as a tribute to him.   I’ve always felt that voice was a window into personality.   Here, Blaine narrates his own story at the Disney studio, giving special attention to his efforts on the iconic Partners statue that graces Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom in Florida, and the Disney Studio in Burbank.

Jul 31, 2015
DHI 009 - Walt at Christmastime
36:04

DHI 009 - Walt at Christmastime: a selection of Christmas letters written in the 1930s and 1940s by Walt and Roy Disney, most of them never before published.  With Todd James Pierce and Paul F. Anderson.

Dec 20, 2014
DHI - 008 Fess Parker
15:57

DHI historian, Todd James Pierce shares excerpts from an old (and surprising) interview with Fess Parker, the actor best-known for his role as Davy Crockett. 

Oct 30, 2014
DHI 007 - DHI Mythbusters Edition - The Truth About The Petrified Tree
20:31

One of the oldest mysteries at Disneyland, finally solved!

Oct 14, 2014
DHI 006 The Penthouse Club
13:50

The story of the private penthouse club at the Disney studio, where in the 1940s and 1950s top animators used to relax a the top of the animation building.

Oct 06, 2014
DHI 005 - Walt's First Park Part 1
32:45

The never-before-told story of the first amusement complex that Walt Disney attempted to build.  In 1938 and 1939, Hollywood Sports Garden was to be a massive 34-acre entertainment complex in the center of Los Angeles.  This episode contains the first three chapters of this story.  A subsequent episode will conclude the story, with chapters four through six.

Dec 16, 2013
DHI 004 The Ghost and Yale Gracey
09:40

The Haunted Mansion that was never built.  And a ghost--a real one--that Yale Gracey (the man who created spirits for the Mansion) saw as a boy.

Oct 01, 2013
DHI 003 - Walt's Field Day
31:18

The story of the most famous party in the history of animation - the 1938 Snow White wrap party.

Sep 16, 2013
DHI 002 - Beyond Lincoln: Walt’s Vision for Animatronics in 1965
09:01

Walt Disney's plans for audio-animatronics at the end of his life.  Host: Todd James Pierce

Jul 24, 2013
DHI 001 - Walt Disney and California Living
15:29

The story of Walt Disney's first attempt (in 1960) to open a second park in Anaheim.  Host: Todd James Pierce

Jul 16, 2013