Via FILMdetail, a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse of how cartoons were made at Walt Disney Studios circa the late 1930s:
Disney loved to self-mythologize its production process — and still does to this day — but this is decidedly less hyperbolic than something like, say “The Reluctant Dragon,” the 1941 Disney feature that’s partly about the making of a Disney feature. To me, the whole message of this short is summed up by Walt Disney’s signed card in the “Snow White” credits.
Disney was an incredible creative force, but aside from a hygiene film made near the end of World War II, he never directed a film after 1935. Though Disney himself cast every deciding vote, his films were incredible collaborations between all the various aspects of production we see on display here (there are no less than six credited directors on “Snow White” alone). I think I’ve mentioned it here before, but if you’re interested in this subject, I strongly recommend Neal Gabler’s fantastic biography, “Walt Disney and the Triumph of the American Imagination,” which goes into even greater depth about the not only the process of early Disney animation, but how these filmmakers revolutionized all of Hollywood filmmaking. It’s a fantastic read.