Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Disney Softball Game - part 1

0:15 - 0:59

In case you're not aware, Disney released a fantastic bit of historical film footage on the Disney Treasures DVD, "More Silly Symphonies." The segment is titled "Animators at Play," and it is a few minutes of film shot in the winter of 1930/31 during a lunchtime softball game in the lot adjacent to the old Disney Studio on Hyperion Avenue. This segment can be found under the bonus features on disc two of the set.

On this piece a cursory attempt was made at identifying the people on the film. Unfortunately this is near impossible to do as a commentary while film is running and Leonard Maltin does a good job, but the information is spotty and in a couple cases, incorrect.

While viewing this with friends, I was able to point out other people I recognized in the footage and began to made some notes. With some frame grabs I'm able to identify most of the people in these stills. If you can identify anyone who isn't named (or an error in mine) please let me know. Below are the first few. More in coming days.

(click on the images for a larger view)


thepicklebarrel said...

hey joe! whaddya know?

today's post deals wt a perennial fav....a bunch of men tossing balls....

good luck wt the new blog! perhaps this will jar me enough to update mine! sheesh!!

Geritopia said...

I truly think that "they" should bulldoze the useless Mayfair market that occupies that space on Hyperion and faithfully reconstruct the old Disney Studios and call it Mecca.

Mark Mayerson said...

Hi Joe. I did some identifications on the footage last December. You can find them at http://mayersononanimation.blogspot.com/2006/12/present-at-creation.html