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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Prod. 2718 (2016) - Cold Blooded Penguin

Directed by Bill Roberts, with Mike Holoboff as his assistant director, and laid out by Hugh Hennesy (yes, the cop in Duck Pimples), this sequence from The Three Caballeros, one of the most entertaining, is entirely animated by Milt Kahl, Harvey Toombs and Bill Justice, with effects by Josh Meador and Ed Aardal.

This draft dated 5/20/44 by Dorris [Pugsley]...
Comments, anyone? It's been a while...

I will be in Annecy from noon tomorrow until Thursday night. If you will be there, too, let me know!
I may not get much posting done, though!

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Anonymous David N says...

I was curious about Bill Roberts. His last two credits at Disney are "The Three Caballeros"(1945), and "Fun and Fancy Free" 1947.

Do you know if he retired after 1947 , moved on to a different animation studio , or did he die ? I recall that he is mentioned somewhat prominently in The Illusion of Life for his work in the development of character animation in the 1930's , but there is no information on his later work at Disney or when he left Disney .

Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 6:31:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Jack Kinney writes in his book:
"BILL ROBERTS - A director, animator, and a very good businessman, Bill left Disney to go into real estate and construction, and reportedly became very wealthy."
Bill Roberts died 3/1/1974.

Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 6:52:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Randall Douglas Reynolds says...

Ran across this today while updating some biographical information on Dorris Pugsley. I knew her personally and she was a dear friend. Imagine seeing this after all these years. She passed away in 1982. I am touched, and she would be too. Thank you.

Monday, April 2, 2018 at 12:09:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Wonderful, thank you, Randall!

The only thing we know is that Dorris N. Pugsley started at Disney on 6/21/38, that on July 25th, 1946 she shared room 3B-Isle (kind of the hallway in the Animation Building) with Ede Devins, and that she was the secretary on this sequence! If you have ANY further information about her, that would be very welcome!

Monday, April 2, 2018 at 4:31:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Randall Douglas Reynolds says...

I appreciate your response-- Dorris Margaret (M) Pugsley (not N.)

I was just amazed to see her name on your documents as I have never seen any memorabilia of her time at Disney. I knew Dorris right before she died, she was a remarkable and amazing woman. I absolutely adored, her fireplace mirror hangs in my home.

Bio: Married to Arthur J. 'Boots' Nelson Jr., at Chapel of the St. James Church, Los Angeles, California, November 30, 1934, 8:00 P.M. The bridegroom's sister Virginia Nelson Parkin, and her husband Harry Parkin, served as Maid of Honor, and Best Man.

06-21-1938 to 1947, Executive secretary for several producers (and Unit Secretary) at the Walt Disney Studios, Burbank, California, with their animation, and later wildlife film department. In an interview with Ms. Pugsley she reminisced about 'those days' with candor and wistfulness, speaking about her beau Boots Nelson, his sister and (gal-pal) Virginia Hazel Nelson Parkin, and life at Disney Studios. This included lunches with her peers at the Disney commissary, which often included Walt Disney himself, who would eat all the shoestring potatoes off her plate before she could finish them.

Just a few of the many films Dorris was involved with, "The Standard Parade of 1939" a (Standard Gasoline Promo), the Disney classic "Dumbo" (1941), "The Grain That Built a Hemisphere" (1943), "The Three Caballeros" (1944), "The Cold-Blooded Penguin" (1945), "Make Mine Music" (1946), and "Victory Through Air Power" (1947).

After 9-years, Dorris left Disney Studios to care for her elderly parents, however, she initiated a second career in 1965 as an executive secretary to the Dean of Students at Oregon State University, Corvallis Oregon. Ms. Pugsley retired from OSU in 1975.

Dorris Pugsley passed away at Good Samaritan Hospital, Corvallis Oregon, on January 06, 1982, after a diagnosis of terminal cancer in 1981.

Ms. Pugsley is buried at Mt. Union Cemetery, Philomath, Oregon.

Dorris Pugsley deserves to remembered, and not forgotten. She was a remarkable lady. I have waited years for an opportunity to relate just a bit of her fascinating life. I tried to get her to write her life-story (a project she herself broached) but this was not to be as she died young, at just 71, after a brief struggle with a terminal illness. Dorris lived a fascinating lived and often spoke of the 'stories I could tell-- and the people I met!'

Dorris Margaret Pugsley Nelson was a woman who married into a glamorous world of Hollywood/Los Angeles glitter, became a successful early career-girl in the film industry, and gave it all up to be a loving care-giving daughter in the end (minus a loving companion to care and share her own golden years). A life well-lived, certainly, it would seem with few regrets!

Dorris was a treasured friend and fascinating woman, she is missed by all who knew her-- and was the source of intrigue to her neighbors, friends, and family.

Best, my friend, and thank you for remembering Dorris. you would have loved her, everyone did. She was my neighbor, and I was also friends with her family who owned a drugstore in Pendleton Oregon.

Monday, April 2, 2018 at 6:03:00 PM PDT  

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