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Encyclopedia > Ub Iwerks
A publicity photograph (circa 1929) of Ub Iwerks and his most famous co-creation, Mickey Mouse.
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A publicity photograph (circa 1929) of Ub Iwerks and his most famous co-creation, Mickey Mouse.

Ub Iwerks (Ubbe Ert Iwwerks) (March 24, 1901July 7, 1971), was a two-time Academy Award winner American animator, cartoonist and special effects technician, who was famous for his work for Walt Disney. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri. His name is explained by his East Frisian roots — his father, Eert Ubbe Iwwerks, emigrated to the USA in 1869 from the village Uttum in East Frisia (northwest Germany). Image File history File linksMetadata Ub-iwerks. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Ub-iwerks. ... 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Mickey Mouse is an Academy Award-winning comic animal cartoon character who has become a symbol for The Walt Disney Company. ... March 24 is the 83rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (84th in leap years). ... 1901 (MCMI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... July 7 is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 177 days remaining. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... An animator is one who is involved in the process of animation. ... A cartoonist at work. ... Walter Elias Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966), was an American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, visionary, and philanthropist. ... Nickname: City of Fountains or Heart of America Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... The landscape to the north of Greetsiel, in East Frisia. ...


Iwerks was responsible for the distinctive style of the earliest Disney animated cartoons. The first few Mickey Mouse cartoons were animated almost entirely by Iwerks. He was considered by many to be Walt Disney's oldest friend, and spent most of his career with Disney. Iwerks and Disney had a falling-out, and their friendship was severed when Iwerks accepted a contract with a competitor to leave Disney and start an animation studio under his own name. An animated cartoon is a short, hand-drawn (or made with computers to look similar to something hand-drawn) film for the cinema, television or computer screen, featuring some kind of story or plot (even if it is a very short one). ... Mickey Mouse is an Academy Award-winning comic animal cartoon character who has become a symbol for The Walt Disney Company. ...


The Iwerks Studio opened in 1930. Financial backers led by Pat Powers suspected that Iwerks was responsible for much of Disney's early success. However, while animation for a time suffered at Disney from Iwerks' departure, it soon rebounded as Disney brought in talented new young animators. The Iwerks Studio enjoyed no great success and failed to rival the top Disney and Fleischer Studios. The backers withdrew further financial support from Iwerks Studio in 1936, and it folded soon after. Iwerks joined Termite Terrace, but left after doing two Porky Pig cartoons (both which were made at his now-defunct Iwerks Studios. He then joined Screen Gems (then Columbia Pictures' cartoon division), before returning to work for Disney in 1940. The cartoons created by Iwerks' own studio remained largely unseen for many decades, but have been released to laserdisc and DVD by Image Entertainment on their series titled Cartoons That Time Forgot. 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link is to a full 1930 calendar). ... Patrick A. Powers was an Irish-American businessman. ... Fleischer Studios, Inc. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Termite Terrace is the nickname for an old building on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA where Looney Tunes were created frm 1935 to 1937. ... Porky Pig, as seen delivering his signature closing line at the end of a Looney Tunes short. ... Screen Gems is an American subsidiary company of Sony Pictures Entertainments Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group that has served several different purposes for its parent companies over the decades since its incorporation. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... Pioneers LaserDisc Logo Laserdisc certification mark The laserdisc (LD) was the first commercial optical disc storage medium, and is used primarily for the presentation of movies. ... DVD (sometimes called Digital Versatile Disc, or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... Image Entertainment is a major home video and television distribution company that has handled digital media distribution of television programs, public domain and copyrighted feature films, and music concerts. ...


After his return to Disney Studios, Iwerks mainly worked on developing special visual effects, like his Academy Award nominated achievement for Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963). He is credited as developing the processes for combining live action and animation used in Song of the South. He also worked at WED Enterprises, now Walt Disney Imagineering, helping to develop many Disney theme park attractions during the 1960s. The Walt Disney Company (most commonly known as Disney; NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (August 13, 1899 – April 29, 1980) was a highly influential British director and producer who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and thriller genres. ... The Birds (1963) is a horror film by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier with the same name. ... // Events January 28 - Filming begins on Dr. Strangelove. ... Song of the South is a feature film produced by Walt Disney Productions, released on November 12, 1946 by RKO Radio Pictures and based on the Uncle Remus cycle of stories by Joel Chandler Harris. ... WED Enterprises (WED), was formed as a separate company from Walt Disney Studios by Walt Disney in the late 1940s/early 1950s. ... Walt Disney Imagineering, was formed by entertainment mogul Walt Disney on December 16, 1952 as WED Enterprises (WED: Walter Elias Disney) to develop plans for a theme park and to manage Disneys personal assets. ...


Iwerks's most famous work outside animating Mickey Mouse was Flip the Frog for his own studio. Flip bears more than a small resemblance to the characters Iwerks drew earlier, Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Mickey Mouse is an Academy Award-winning comic animal cartoon character who has become a symbol for The Walt Disney Company. ... Flip the Frog and his girlfriend. ... An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit trade advertisement from 1927. ...


Iwerks was known for his fast work at drawing and animation and his wacky sense of humor. Animator Chuck Jones, who worked for Iwerks' studio in his youth, said "Iwerks is Screwy spelled backwards." Ub Iwerks died in 1971 of a heart attack in Burbank, California, aged 70. Charles Martin Chuck Jones (September 21, 1912–February 22, 2002) was an American animator, cartoon artist, screenwriter, producer, and director of animated films, most memorably of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts for the Warner Brothers cartoon studio. ... A myocardial infarction occurs when an atherosclerotic plaque slowly builds up in the inner lining of a coronary artery and then suddenly ruptures, totally occluding the artery and preventing blood flow downstream. ... Founded May 1, 1887 Incorporated July 8, 1911 General Information County Los Angeles County, California Latitude Longitude 34°1049 N 118°1942 W Area  - Total  - Water 45 km² (17. ...


A documentary film, The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story was released in 1999, followed by a book written by Leslie Iwerks and John Kenworthy in 2001. 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Old Farts by the Sometimes-United Nations. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...

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Trivia

  • The DC Comics character Dr. Ub'x was named in his honor.
  • Much of Iwerks' early animation style would later be copied by legendary Anime artists Osamu Tezuka, and Shōtarō Ishinomori.
  • In the Fairly OddParents episode "The Good Ol'Days", Timmy and his Grandpa Pappy, are transported to an early Disney-style cartoon. In it, two street signs that intersect are the streets of Ube and Iwerks.
  • A rare self portrait of Iwerks was found in the trash at an animation studio in Burbank. Thankfully, it was saved and is now part of the Animation Archives in Burbank, California.
  • In the Ren and Stimpy Show episode Superstitious Stimpy, Stimpy is chanting in garbled talk and mentions Ub Iwerks.

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References

  • Iwerks, Leslie and Kenworthy, John. (2001): The Hand Behind the Mouse. Disney Editions.
  • Maltin, Leonard (1987): Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons. Penguin Books.
  • Lenburg, Jeff (1993): The Great Cartoon Directors. Da Capo Press.

See also

Iwerks Entertainment was founded in 1985 by Stan Kinsey and Don Iwerks, two former Disney Executives, and became well known through 1996 as a leading developer of special venue and virtual reality theaters throughout the world. ...

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Ub Iwerks (161 words)
Ub Iwerks (Ubbe Ert Iwwerks) (March 24, 1901 - July 7, 1971), was an animator famous for his work for Walt Disney.
Iwerks spent most of his career with Disney, except for a few years in the early 1930s when he ran an animation studio under his own name.
Iwerks was known for his fast work at drawing and animation and his wacky sense of humor.
Ub Iwerks (506 words)
Ub Iwerks (Ubbe Ert Iwwerks) (March 24, 1901–July 7, 1971), was an animator and cartoonist, who was famous for his work for Walt Disney.
Iwerks was not only responsible for the creation of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse, he was also largely responisble for the distinctive style of the earliest Disney animated cartoons.
Ub Iwerks and Disney had a falling-out, and their friendship was severed when Iwerks accepted a contract with a competitor to leave Disney and start an animation studio under his own name.
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