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WEDWay Radio Season 8: Episode 3 - The Artist

This is Season 8: Episode 3 - The Artist
On this episode we continue our story from ep 1 - Hyperion, and ep - Art School, by adding the story of a particular artist who came to the Disney Studio in 1935, by way of USC, The California Watercolor Society and The Chouinard Art Institute.  His name was Claude Coats.  
Coats career began as an artist and background painter.  He would be elevated to color stylist and play a role int he development of every Disney Animated Feature into the mid 1950's before moving to WED.
Alan Coats, Claude's son joins us.
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WEDWay Radio Season 8: Episode 2 - Art School

This is episode 2 - Art School.  On this particular episode we return to our look at the Hyperion Studio and examine one area that Disney improved its product over the 14 year life if the studio.  as early as 1931 Disney decided that its approach to animation would need to get better and evolve.  But they could not do it alone.

After asking around at different schools in Hollywood, Nelbert Chouinard who was the founder of The Chouinard Art Institute offered Disney a deal that would allow his artists to take life drawing classes and advance the study of animation.

The advancement during the 30's is exponential.  Disney went from a run-of-the-mill rubber hose animation studio to creating the first full length animated feature, and most of the advancement came from the Chouinard Institute.

Through the years different artists who would go one to become Disney Legends began their career at Chouinard and in the end Disney would eventually help Chouinard transition into Cal Arts in the 1970's



WEDWay Radio Season 8: Episode 1 - Hyperion

The wait is over.  Today we are proud to announce the release of Episode 1 of Season 8 of WEDWay Radio.  This season we are taking a different approach.  Instead of a swhole season of independent shows we are creating an 8 episode season dedicated to one subject.  

This is episode 1 - Hyperion.  On this particular episode we take a look at the growth and success of the Hyperion Studio in Los Feliz, CA.  At this partoiculat studio, Disney created Mickey Mouse, The Silly Symphony shorts and created Snow White.

Many firsts came at the Hyperion studio, including

  • The first sound cartoon
  • The first color short
  • The first full length animated studio

The studio grew from a small 1,600 square foot building that employed under 15 people to a thriving, almost bursting studio with over a thousand employees.


The studio served Disney until 1940 when Disney moved to Burbank.

Special thanks on this episode to:

  • David McBride of Radio Harambe
  • Paula Sigman Lowery, who is a consultant to the Walt Disney Museum and the Walt Disney Archives
  • Quinn Mosier who provided many of the musical interludes you'll hear this season



WEDWay Radio Season 8 Preview

Check out our 2 minute preview of Season 8.   This is the preview episode for a new type of season for WEDWay Radio, a season that will feature 8 episodes in one overarching story about one topic.  In one week we'll drop episode 1 of WEDWay Radio Season 8.




Bring Back Autopia

By Nate Parrish

Marceline MO - The Midget Autopia Attraction that was once a prize to the city of Marceline MO (Walt Disney's hometown) is the subject of a new Kickstarter campaign to revitalize Walts connection to the city.  The effort was reported by the LA Times and volunteers from the Walt Disney Hometown Museum in Marceline will be on hand at the D23 Expo next week in Anaheim CA to help raise funds and awareness for the campain.

Check out the official site for the Campaign

Link to the Kickstarter

Check out the rewards and Kickstarter page