1953 | 65 Years Ago
The cinema spectacle of the year is Peter Pan, directed by Ham Luske, Clyde Geronimi and Wilfred Jackson. Disney also releases the first CinemaScope cartoon, Oscar winner Toot, WhisAnother nominee is Stephen Bosustow’s terrifying The Tell-Tale Heart, first cartoon to get an X rating in the U.K.! WB releases its first stereo 3D toon Lumber Jack-Rabbit (Chuck Jones). Release highlights also include the debuts of Speedy Gonzalez (Robert McKimson’s Cat-Tails for Two) and Gumby (Art Clokey’s Gumbasis); the first UPA Cartoon Special The Unicorn in the Garden (Bill Hurtz), Duck Amuck, Duck Dodgers in the 24 ½ Century and Magoo’s Masterpiece. Born this year are Aardman Animations co-founder Peter Lord (Nov. 4), multitalented Spümcø co-founder Lynne Naylor (Nov. 7), Pepper Ann creator Sue Rose (Aug. 16), Disney director John Musker (Nov. 8), Italian director Enzo D’Alò (Sept. 7) and Hungarian artist-animator Dóra Keresztes (Oct. 3).
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