Dina Benadon and Brent Young recently purchased the home in which Walt Disney was born in Chicago and are trying to restore it and turn it into a museum. The house was built by Disney’s father and Disney lived their from his birth in 1901 until 1905. Benadon and Young are trying to raise $500,000 through Kickstarter to achieve their goal.
Animator Bill Justice (b.1914) died February 10. Justice joined Walt Disney Studios in 1937 and worked on Fantasia, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan. He was the primary animator for the character Thumper in Bambi. In 1965, he moved over to Disney Imagineering and helped create animated figures for The Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion rides at Disneyland.
Actress Virginia Davis (b.1918) died on August 15. Davis appeared in several of the early “Alice” comedies produced by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks beginning in 1923. Although the first of the films was called Alice’s Wonderland, the character had nothing to do with the Lewis Carroll character. The “Alice” comedies mixed live action footage taken of Davis with animation. Although her contract was not renewed after the first thirteen “Alice” films, Disney used her in his ink and paint department and for voices in movies such as Pinocchio. She appeared in eight films in the thirties and forties in uncredited roles.