Wednesday, August 22, 2007

I have been contacted last week by the family of Disney animator Robert Wickersham. Wickersham worked at the Disney Studio in the '30s, but very little is know about him.

Here is what I was able to piece together about his career, though, based on information from historian Alberto Becattini, the internet, the book Silly Symphonies by JB Kaufman and Russell Merritt and some production notes. Would anyone of you have any information to add?

[Animator at Charles Mintz (Early ‘30s)

Animator at Disney starting in 1932 or 1933 and until 1938 or 1939 [Break from late 1933 to early 1935?]
Works on:
Night Before Xmas (33) (Toy band)
Flying Mouse (34) (Mouse’s failed attempt at flight + baby bird with mother)
Mickey Plays Papa (34) (Source: Becattini)
The Robber Kitten (35) (Ambrose from opening through sneaking downstairs)
Who Killed Cock Robin? (35) (Assassin’s shadow; courtroom scene; jury)
Three Orphan Kittens (35) (Opening scenes of kitten entering house; scenes with toys in nursery)
Broken Toys (35) (Sailor; Sparks repairs bandsmen)
Elmer Elephant (36) (Kids huddle, parade, then charge Elmer; Elmer hides nose and falls down hill)
Three Blind Mouseketeers (36) (Mice, through springing of traps)
More Kittens (36) (Kitten with fly on branch; turtle snubs kittens; kittens with bird)
Through the Mirror (36) (Source: Becattini)
Little Hiawatha (37) (Hiawatha + grasshopper in opening scenes, through Hiawatha chasing bunny up stump)
Pluto’s Quin-Puplets (37) (Source: Internet)
The Old Mill (37) (Source : Becattini; but does not appear in production notes)
Wynken, Blynken and Nod (38) (Children fishing; children with starfish in boat)
Mickey’s Parrot (38)

Animator at Iwerks from 1933 to 1935

Animator and storyman at Fleischer from 1938 or 1939 to 1941
Storyman and director at Columbia / Screen Gems from 1945 to 1946
Director at Carry-Weston in 1946
Owner /Animator of TV Spots from 1948 to circa 1954
Animator at Warner Bros. /Schlesinger from 1951 to 1954]

2 comments:

l chapman said...

Robert wickersham was my great uncle. My grandmother was his brother. I have info if you still need it.

Didier Ghez said...

Thanks. I am very interested. Could you email me at didier.ghez@gmail.com? Thanks in advance.