I run this short in my animation history class every year; Jerry runs it in his class at Cal Arts as well. One of the most unusual of the Gene Deitch Terrytoons – a time period of unusual Terrytoons.
Sleeping Beauty Castle is the gateway to a Disney musical treasury, plus a renowned composer’s score to a film featuring surreal animation, both spinning on the Columbia label.
These were the first U.S. Government contracts awarded to Disney during World War 2 – and opened the floodgates for many other training pictures that consumed the studio for the duration.
Here are my usual favorite 4th of July cartoons, or films that have the flavor of American ideals sprinkled in them.
EDITOR: JERRY BECK
Jerry Beck is a writer, animation producer, college professor and author of more than 15 books on animation history. He is a former studio exec with Nickelodeon Movies and Disney, and has written for The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. He has curated cartoons for DVD and blu-ray compilations and has lent his expertise to dozens of bonus documentaries and audio commentaries on such. Beck is currently on the faculty of Cal Arts in Valencia – teaching animation history. More about Jerry Beck [Click Here]