Walt Disney’s go to to the 1958 Berlinale hardly went unnoticed. The actual fact that the co-founder of the Walt Disney Co. was flying to Germany made the entrance web page of Latest Hollywood News.
Because the Chilly Conflict was heating up, the staunchly conservative Disney, then 56, made the rounds in Berlin, showing on the Brandenburg Gate and visiting new mayor Willy Brandt, who welcomed him, saying, “Our kids remind us of your characters each day.”
The nonetheless younger movie competition, then in its eighth yr, had invited Disney as a result of his studio’s live-action Perri was screening in its documentary lineup. A part of the True Life Adventures nature sequence, the movie follows a feminine squirrel over the course of a yr as she seeks a mate.
Though the sequence has been criticized for anthropomorphizing its animals, it was well-liked on the time, successful eight Academy Awards over 12 years. The 75-minute Perri was not among the many sequence’ main installments, however The New York Instances praised its “superbly foliaged close-ups and appropriate vignettes of forest creatures in repose, on the prowl and, most forcibly, in intramural warfare.” And it received Berlin’s Golden Bear award as the most effective documentary.
This yr’s fest will once more invoke Disney’s title because it honors the Walt Disney Co.’s one centesimal anniversary with a screening of Disney animated shorts chosen by Disney Animation Studios president Clark Spencer, the Oscar-winning producer of Zootopia and Encanto.