My father was something of a rainbow-chaser.
What we were in on, really, was the invention of animation.
Animation had been done before, but stories were never told.
I joined Walt Disney, went to work, December 2nd 1935, so obviously, I'm not too young!
Later, my father died up in Marysville. So, my mother and I got in the car and came down to Hollywood.
Drawing is giving a performance; an artist is an actor who is not limited by the body, only by his ability and, perhaps, experience.
I had some connections from the newspapers that I did work with up there, so there was a newspaper publisher in Hollywood, and they promised me work and so on.
Disney had made such a great deal of money on Snow White that the banks gave him the go-ahead on the next three films. But he was heavily dependent on the foreign market.
It wasn't a problem for me drawing humans although I had originally come to the studio with the idea that what I had to offer them was my knowledge in the drawing of animals.
Some of these sketches were done at the very beginning of the Pirates project, when I was trying to find a direction for myself. That was the early sixties... maybe 61 or 62.