Rare Disney items on view at Davis lecture

Animation and film-history buffs will get a rare eyeful of Walt Disney archival material June 30 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences shows a collection of behind-the-scenes footage, live-action tests, animation-pencil tests, news-reels and animated shorts made by the Disney studio between 1930 and 1950.

Most of the material, culled from Disney’s vaults, has never been seen by a Los Angeles audience. The show, titled “Disney’s Unseen Treasures,” will be shown as the academy’s sixth Marc Davis Lecture on Animation and will be presented by Scott MacQueen, who is responsible for the preservation and restoration of the Walt Disney Co.’s film library.

The program includes Mickey Mouse’s first screen appearance in color in “Parade of the Award Nominees,” three years before his “official” color debut in “The Band Concert.” Recently restored, “Parade” was shown only once, at the 1932 Academy Awards ceremony.

A clip of “Clair de Lune” that was cut from “Fantasia” (1940) will be shown in its original form, with the original Stokowski performance of Debussy’s tone poem. The program will also feature rare footage of a recording session with Walt Disney himself supplying the voice of Mickey Mouse for the cartoon “Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip” (1940).

The Marc Davis animation lecture, named for one of Disney’s legendary “nine old men” of animation, was established in 1993 to provide a forum for established film animators and other experts in the craft to share their experiences and to explore with colleagues the challenges of creating drawn images for the screen.

A one-night-only exhibit of Davis’ drawings from a never-made film, “Chanticleer,” will be displayed in the academy’s lobby on the night of the lecture. Davis plans to attend.

The lecture will take place at 8 p.m. in the academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Tickets are free to Academy members and students with valid identification and $2 for the public.

For more information, call (310) 247-3000, Ext. 111.

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