Robert Cletus Driscoll (March 3, 1937 - March 30, 1968), known as Bobby Driscoll, was a successful American child actor. He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and died in East Village, Manhattan in New York.
Driscoll made his first film appearance in 1943. His role in the 1949 drama The Window earned him an Academy Juvenile Award. He also gave critically acclaimed performances in both Song of the South in 1946 and So Dear to My Heart in 1949, and in 1950 he played Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island. In 1951, he played the voice role of Goofy, Jr., in the Disney cartoon short, Fathers are People. He was the model used for the animated Walt Disney feature Peter Pan (1953) and also voiced the role of Peter Pan. It was his last major success.
As with many child actors, Hollywood studios grew indifferent to him as he reached his teens and he was no longer offered the roles that he hoped for. He also suffered from severe acne; he used heavy makeup for roles on dozens of TV shows. Dispirited, he...
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Peter Pan is the fourteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. It was produced by Walt Disney and was originally released to theaters on February 5, 1953 by RKO Radio Pictures. This would be the final Disney animated feature released through RKO, as Walt Disney established his own distribution company, Buena Vista Distribution, by the end of 1953.
The film's story is based on the play and novel Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. Disney had been trying to buy the rights to the play since 1935. He finally received them four years later, after he arranged with the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London (to whom Barrie had bequeathed the rights to the play). His studio started the story development and character designs in the early-1940s, and intended Peter Pan as a follow-up to Bambi, but World War II forced the project to be put on hold. Just like Pinocchio before it, the original pre-war character designs for Peter Pan were very different from the final product. The...,
Treasure Island is a 1950 Disney film based on Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island. It starred Bobby Driscoll as Jim Hawkins and Robert Newton as Long John Silver. It was Disney's first completely live action film.
A sequel to this film, Long John Silver, was made in 1954, with Newton reprising his role of Long John Silver. Newton would go on to play Silver again in a TV series, The Adventures of Long John Silver (1955)
The Window is a 1949 black-and-white suspense film based on the short story "The Boy Who Cried Murder" by Cornell Woolrich. The film, which was a critical success, was produced by Frederic Ullman, Jr. for $210,000 but earned much more, making it a box office hit for RKO Pictures. The film was directed by Ted Tetzlaff, who worked as a cinematographer for over 100 films, including another successful suspense film, Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious (1946).Set and filmed on location in the tenement section of New York's Lower East Side, the film tells the story of a young boy (Driscoll) who has a habit of crying wolf. Late one night he climbs up the building fire escape and sees two people murder a drunken sailor. No one, not even the boy's parents, believes young Tommy when he tells what he has seen, since they all assume that this is just another of the boy's tall tales. The murderous neighbors find out the boy is a witness to the killing and plan the same for him when his parents are away....,
So Dear to My Heart is a feature film produced by Walt Disney, released in Chicago on November 29 1948 and released generally on January 19 1949 by RKO Radio Pictures. Like 1946's Song of the South, the film combines animation and live action. It is based on the Sterling North book Midnight and Jeremiah.Set in early 20th century Indiana, So Dear to My Heart tells the tale of Jeremiah Kincaid (Bobby Driscoll) and his quest to raise his "champion" lamb, Danny (named for the famed race horse, Dan Patch, who is also portrayed in the film). Jeremiah's dream of showing Danny at the Pike County Fair must overcome the obstinate objections of his loving, yet strict, grandmother (Beulah Bondi). Jeremiah's uncle, Hiram (Burl Ives), is the boy's steady ally. So Dear to My Heart wasn't released until 1991, then they re-printed it in 1992 and then it was released in 1994 in Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection the 1994 release had a prototype print that featured the 1986 Sorcerer Mickey logo then the...
Melody Time (first released on May 27, 1948) is an animated feature produced by Walt Disney and released to theatres by RKO Radio Pictures. Made up of several sequences set to popular music and folk music, the film is, like Make Mine Music before it, the contemporary version of Fantasia, an ambitious film that proved to be a commercial disappointment upon its original theatrical release. Melody Time, while not meeting the artistic accomplishments of Fantasia, was a mildly successful film in its own right. It is the tenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon.
This particular film has seven segments:
Song of the South is a feature film produced by Walt Disney, released on November 12, 1946 by RKO Radio Pictures and based on the Uncle Remus cycle of stories by Joel Chandler Harris. It was Walt Disney's first live-action film, though it also contains major segments of animation. The live actors provide a sentimental frame story, in which Uncle Remus relates the folk tales of the adventures of Br'er Rabbit and his friends. These anthropomorphic animal characters appear in animation. The film has never been released on home video in the USA because of content which Disney executives believe would be construed by some as being racially insensitive towards African-Americans and is thus subject to much rumor, although it does exist on home video in the UK. The hit song from the film was "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah", which won the 1947 Academy Award for Best Song and is frequently used as part of Disney's montage themes.The setting is the Southern United States, shortly after the American Civil War...,
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