Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Iwerks, Ub

(1901-1972) US animator who, in conjunction with Walt Disney, created Mickey Mouse; the accepted story is that Walt created the character while UI created the appearance, but this seems to hold little water, since the character was based on Walt's own and the appearance was based on UI's earlier Disney collaboration, Oswald, The Lucky Rabbit. UI worked on countless Disney shorts, being a prime mover in the Silly Symphony series; he also contributed to Cinderella (1950), Peter Pan (1953), Lady and the Tramp (1955) and Sleeping Beauty (1959) and did important developmental work on the multiplane camera. After splitting from Disney – it seems acrimoniously – he did little distinguished movie work, although his technical efforts on Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963) were deservedly nominated for an Oscar. [JG]

Ub Iwerks


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