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Walt Disney: The Forgotten Years

Here I discuss the films, long ignored, of Disney’s forgotten years. The body of films produced during the 1940s appears to be eclectic, experimental, bizarre, sentimental, and satirical; some of them are urban and urbane or vulgar and tasteful. This absence of consistency shows that the company was willing to learn from others. Furthermore, no attempts were allowed to debase the company's philosophy; scenes with smoking were cut out as detrimental to juvenile audiences. The good news is that many of these films from the forgotten years are now available in a way or another if not in their complete form.

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