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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 18 Jun 1992 15:12:01 EDT
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On Wed, 17 Jun 1992 16:13:32 GMT KATE BOWERS said:
>           We are trying to determine if Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts from
>           the period of ca. 1929-ca. 1935 were considered to be a series
>           by Disney, or were they simply a collection of similar
>           products?  Anyone?  Thanks
>           Kate Bowers
>           Cataloger
>           Motion Picture Division
>           Library of Congress
>           internet: [log in to unmask]
I was hoping that someone else would take on this question since I'm not
a Disney specialist.  The question is a bit obscure.  What is meant by
"series by Disney or collection of similar product?"
Drawing on dim memory, I think that the Mickey Mouse films were produced by
Walt Disney Studios and released by one of the major studios (name unknown
to me)  There were cartoon series associated with each of the fully
integrated studios: Paramount, MGM, Warner Bros., RKO, and 20th Century-Fox.
Use of the time period 1929-ca.1935 suggests that someone is thinking about
the release of the first full-length cartoon, SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS.
This film _may_ have marked a new stage in the history of Disney with the
establishment of a corporately-owed distribution firm, Buena Vista.  BV has
distributed the Disney films for many, many years.
Is the kind of thing you were asking about?
Isn't everyone glad that I'm not a Disney specialist?
Cal Pryluck                               <PRYLUCK@TEMPLEVM>
Dept of Radio-Television-Film             <[log in to unmask]>
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA 19122