From Letters of Note: It’s diffi­cult to over­state the impor­tance of the following eight-page memo. Written by Walt Disney in December of 1935 to Don Graham — a highly respected art teacher from Chounaird Art Insti­tute tasked with helming art classes for Disney anima­tors — this missive signalled the birth of a struc­tured training program that would subse­quently enable Walt’s studio to produce hit-after-hit during the Golden Age of Anima­tion. For aspiring anima­tors, this is absolutely essen­tial reading; for everyone else, assuming you have even the slightest interest in the devel­op­ment of one of the world’s most influ­en­tial enter­tain­ment compa­nies, this is simply an engrossing, inspiring read. · Go to How to train an animator →