Don Lusk, 1913 – 2017


Don Lusk, who was hired by Walt Disney in 1933 and is generally considered to be one of the last living animators from Disney’s Golden Age has passed away at 105. Mr. Lusk joined The Disney Studios right before it began animating its classic string of hits. Mr. Lusk worked on Pinocchio and Fantasia among other films before leaving the studio to work on television on such projects as the Charlie Brown specials and eventually Hanna Barbera’s Saturday morning television slate. He retired in the 1990’s.

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Music Mondays: “There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow”

While Walt Disney’s favorite song was Feed the Birds, his unofficial personal anthem (at least in the mind of Richard Sherman) was There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow, written by the Sherman Brothers for the Disney produced GE Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.

The song is a bouncy, positive tribute to the future. Walt Disney acknowledged the problems faced by humanity, but he also felt that technology and science could solve those problems. The solution to society’s ills and issues could be found through research and knowledge. It was that positive viewpoint that drove Walt Disney forward.

The Sherman Brothers always said that the song was one of the easiest for them to write because they just inserted Walt Disney’s optimism into the song. There was no doubt that Walt Disney would enjoy the song; it worked in his beliefs about the future. The song would eventually make its way to DISNEYLAND as part of the Carousel of Progress in the New Tomorrowland that opened in 1967.


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