The Workers’ Paradise

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The Walt Disney Studios

A view of my C-Wing office in the Animation Building.

The Creative Environment Matters

A group of young guys and gals gathered in the office of a Disney veteran on the third floor of the Animation Building. “Boy, you missed it,” the old timer rhapsodized as he spoke about the good old days of the late 1930s and early 1940s. “This used to be a great place to work, but the strike ended all that.”

If you know your Disney history you're probably aware of what might be called Walt Disney's paternalism during the early days of the Hyperion Studio. That was Walt's studio, on Hyperion Boulevard, until he built the big movie lot in Burbank in 1939. Disputes between labor and management were hardly ...

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