February 12, 2011

Rediscovering [Walt] Disney: Bill Justice

Like everyone else yesterday I read about the passing of Disney legend, Bill Justice. And what amazed me the most about this incredibly creative man was the longevity of his career at Disney. He worked for the company 42 years until his retirement in 1979.

During his time with the company (starting in 1937) he worked with Walt himself, contributed to numerous animated masterpieces (Alice in Wonderland, Bambi and Peter Pan to name a few.), live-action films and even worked as an Imagineer. He was inducted into Disney Legends hall of fame in 1996.

But the thing I keep going back to is the fact that he worked for that company 42 years. I cannot imagine what it must be like to work that long, let alone want to work that long for one employer. It just goes to show you how special the Walt Disney Company, and Walt himself, were to work for. Bill Justice was allowed to be creative, and encouraged to be creative, in so many different aspects and divisions of the Disney company. We should all be so lucky.

You can read Disney's official statement at their D23 site, and take a look at the IMDb entries for his film career, amazing.

Check out this behind the scenes tour of the Haunted Mansion attraction and see if can spot Bill hard at work...

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