Monday, October 8, 2007
Happy Birthday, Hib
Over at 2719 Hyperion Jeff Pepper salutes veteran Disney writer and producer Winston Hibler with an excellent birthday tribute. Hib was a man of great taste and integrity who brought his writerly talents to many Disney projects both animated and live-action. Certainly Hib's major contributions include his writing and engagingly understated vocal narration for the True-Life Adventures and other Disney nature films, such as Perri. Hib was one of several writers at Disney—Jim Algar and Bill Walsh among them—upon whom Walt relied to give voice to his ideas and whose words gave shape to the qualities we think of as "Disney." A true company man (in the best sense of that term) Winston Hibler spent the majority of his career at the Disney Studios dutifully contributing to the “cause” until his death in 1974. There’s a wonderful documentary about this major Disney figure on the DVD Walt Disney's Legacy Collection: True-Life Adventures Volume 4: Nature's Mysteries, which you can find here.