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The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story (1999)

A documentary on the life of the under-appreciated animator Ub Iwerks, who played a major role in the creation of Mickey Mouse.

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Leslie Iwerks

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Leslie Iwerks
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelsey Grammer ... Himself / Narrator (voice)
Mark Kausler Mark Kausler ... Himself
John Lasseter ... Himself
Russell Merritt ... Himself
Roy Edward Disney ... Himself
Chuck Jones ... Himself
Ollie Johnston ... Himself
Don Iwerks ... Himself
Dave Smith ... Himself
Leonard Maltin ... Himself
Virginia Davis ... Herself
Bob Broughton Bob Broughton ... Himself
John Hench John Hench ... Himself
Joseph Adamson Joseph Adamson ... Himself (as Joe Adamson)
Ed Friedman Ed Friedman ... Himself
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A documentary on the life of the under-appreciated animator Ub Iwerks, who played a major role in the creation of Mickey Mouse.

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

17 December 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

La main derrière la souris - L'histoire d'Ub Iwerks See more »

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$600,000 (estimated)
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Dolby
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The film was directed by Ub's granddaughter, Leslie. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version shown on Bravo! was cut to 46 minutes, but the video is the full 90 minutes. See more »

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Edited from Chinaman's Chance (1933) See more »

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It's really nice to see the Disney company giving Ub his due
27 August 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When I was a kid, I just assumed that Walt Disney drew all the early Mickey Mouse cartoons and was THE force behind it in every sense. Later, I learned of Ub Iwerks' important contributions to the studio and the fact that he created the iconic mascot of the studio--though still too few people know the origins of this beloved character. Well, this Disney Studios-produced documentary tries to correct this myth and shows how influential Ub was to Disney as well as all the many great inventions he later contributed to in order to improve the quality of animations and even films like Hitchcock's THE BIRDS--that sure took me by surprise.

As for the way the documentary was arranged, it was generally excellent though it's a shame more footage of Ub himself wasn't included. I assume like most behind the scenes staff, there really isn't much footage of him or recordings of his thoughts and recollections. For what it is, it's excellent--but it also seemed a bit distant emotionally--partly due to the paucity of Ub in the film and partly because of the style film. I felt I did connect well with his work but didn't particularly connect well with him as a human being. Still, a fascinating film and a must for fans of animation.


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