Today is the anniversary of a great Mickey Mouse short, Moving Day. Released June 20th, 1936, Moving Day was directed by Ben Sharpsteen. Sharpsteen is responsible for some of my favorite Disney animated shorts, including the cutest Silly Symphony of them all, The Cookie Carnival. I’ll be exploring a lot more of his work in upcoming installments of this series.
Sharpsteen started at Disney as an animator in 1929 and quickly became invaluable, producing some of the studio’s most memorable work. He animated on over 100 short films in the 1930s and directed in some capacity on each of Disney’s first five animated features. He was also from my neck of the woods in northern California, so I automatically like him.