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Ben Sharpsteen is a Director, Producer, Animation and Post Production Supervisor American born on 4 november 1895 at Tacoma (USA)

Ben Sharpsteen

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Birth name Benjamin Sharpsteen
Nationality USA
Birth 4 november 1895 at Tacoma (USA)
Death 20 december 1980 (at 85 years) at Calistoga (USA)

Ben Sharpsteen (November 4, 1895 – December 20, 1980) was an American film director and producer for Disney. He directed 31 films between 1920 and 1980.

Sharpsteen created a museum documenting the history of California's first millionaire Sam Brannan, the history of the Upper Napa Valley as well as more on Sharpsteen's life and work at the Sharpsteen Museum located in Calistoga, California.

He died in Sonoma County, California.

Biography

Ben Sharpsteen rejoint les studios Disney en 1929 comme animateur, sur Mickey Mouse mais surtout les Silly Symphonies. Il fait partie des animateurs débauchés des studios newyorkais par Disney dans les années 1920 et 1930 comme Dick Huemer, Burton Gillett, Ted Sears, George Stallings et Bill Tytla.

À partir de 1931, Ben Sharpsteen et David Hand deviennent les responsables d'équipes d'apprentis principalement sur les Silly Symphonies, et sont concernés à ce titre comme les premiers formateurs des animateurs des studios Disney, avant la mise en place de cours du soir, assurés par Donald W. Graham en 1932. En 1934, après le départ de Burton Gillett, Ben Sharpsteen est nommé producteur sur la plupart des longs métrages, et Steven Watts lui attribue une part importante dans les différents projets d'évolution des productions du studio des années 1940 et surtout des années 1950. Ben Sharpsteen influence les productions du studio en produisant des courts métrages éducatifs, la série True-Life Adventures, Cendrillon et Alice au pays des merveilles. Pour beaucoup, il était juste au-dessous de Walt dans la hiérarchie du studio.

En mai 1935, il réalise sa première Silly Symphonies, le Carnaval des gâteaux. Il sera réalisateur durant quatre ans dont celui d'une séquence pour Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains (1937), avant de devenir superviseur de réalisation sur les longs métrages.

Après la réalisation de quelques-uns des épisodes des séries True-Life Adventures et People and Places, il quitte les studios Disney en 1959. Peu après, Walt Disney a rendu visite à Sharpsteen dans une ferme du nord de la Californie, a discuté des possibilités d'aménagement du terrain puis est parti en oubliant un objet emballé sur une table. Mal à l'aise avec les remerciements, Disney avait trouvé ce moyen pour offrir à Ben Sharpsteen l'oscar reçu pour le court métrage documentaire Ama Girls (1958) pour lequel Sharpsteen s'était beaucoup investi.

Best films

Cinderella (1950)
(Production Supervisor)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
(Director)
Pinocchio (1940)
(Director)
Fantasia (1940)
(Director)
The Living Desert (1953)
(Producer)
Dumbo (1941)
(Director)

Usually with

Walt Disney
Walt Disney
(53 films)
Wilfred Jackson
Wilfred Jackson
(20 films)
Pinto Colvig
Pinto Colvig
(24 films)
Les Clark
Les Clark
(23 films)
Dick Lundy
Dick Lundy
(21 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Ben Sharpsteen (63 films)

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Director

Ama Girls
Ama Girls (1958)
, 29minutes
Directed by Ben Sharpsteen
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Environmental films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Documentary films about environmental issues, Documentary films about nature, Children's films
Rating66% 3.3054353.3054353.3054353.3054353.305435
Le film présente les ama, des plongeuses en apnée japonaises, connues comme pêcheuses de perles.
The New Spirit, 7minutes
Directed by Wilfred Jackson, Ben Sharpsteen
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Politique, Documentary films about war, Documentary films about historical events, Films about birds, Political films, Documentary films about World War II, Mise en scène d'un canard, Children's films
Actors Cliff Edwards, Clarence Nash
Rating60% 3.006583.006583.006583.006583.00658
The film begins with Donald Duck, flush with the contemporary patriotic spirit present with the United States' full entry into World War II, dancing to a patriotic song. A radio announcer tells about the new patriotic spirit and asks Donald if he is willing to do his part. Donald fervently asserts his loyalty and begs to know how best to show it. His enthusiasm fades when the radio announcer advises he pay his income tax promptly. However, the announcer changes Donald's mind by stressing the country's need for resources to aid the war effort.
Out of the Frying Pan Into the Firing Line, 3minutes
Directed by Ben Sharpsteen
Origin USA
Themes Films about animals, Politique, Mise en scène d'un rongeur, Political films, Mise en scène d'une souris, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère

Alors qu'elle a fini de cuisiner et que Minnie s'apprête à donner son huile de friture à Pluto, la radio lui demande la préserver car elle permet la fabrication de munition. C'est alors le chien lui-même, qui semblait pourtant bien alléché par cette huile, qui apporte à sa maîtresse une boîte afin de la conserver, et de l'emmener plus tard chez le boucher.
Dumbo
Dumbo (1941)
, 1h4
Directed by Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Ben Sharpsteen, Samuel Armstrong, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts
Origin USA
Genres Musical theatre, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Circus films, Transport films, Rail transport films, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Mise en scène d'un éléphant, Musical films, Buddy films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Edward Brophy, Herman Bing, Margaret Wright, Sterling Holloway, John McLeish, Cliff Edwards
Rating72% 3.645283.645283.645283.645283.64528
A flock of storks deliver babies while circus animals are being transported by train from their winter quarters. Mrs. Jumbo, one of the elephants, receives her baby who is soon taunted by the other (female) elephants because of his large ears, and they nickname him "Dumbo".
Fantasia
Fantasia (1940)
, 2h5
Directed by Paul Satterfield, Norman Ferguson, Thornton Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Dave Hand, Ben Sharpsteen, James Algar, Ford Beebe, Hamilton Luske, Samuel Armstrong, Bill Roberts
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Dance films, Dinosaur films, Films about magic and magicians, Films about music and musicians, La préhistoire, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Mise en scène d'un rongeur, Films about classical music and musicians, Musical films, Mise en scène d'une souris, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Walt Disney, Jimmy MacDonald, Paul J. Smith, Corey Burton, Jean Piat, François Périer
Rating77% 3.89543.89543.89543.89543.8954
Le film est composé de sept séquences illustrant huit morceaux de musique classique, réorchestrés et dirigés par le chef d'orchestre Leopold Stokowski à la tête de l'Orchestre de Philadelphie. La dernière séquence illustre deux morceaux et un intermède sépare la séquence 4 et 5. Chaque séquence est précédée d'une courte introduction où l'orchestre est en ombre chinoise.
Pinocchio
Pinocchio (1940)
, 1h28
Directed by Norman Ferguson, Thornton Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about children, Jeu, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, Transport films, Cétacé, Adaptations de Pinocchio, Musical films, Films about toys, Buddy films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un cétacé
Actors Cliff Edwards, Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Mel Blanc, Walter Catlett, Charles Judels
Rating74% 3.7437253.7437253.7437253.7437253.743725
After singing the film's signature song "When You Wish Upon a Star", Jiminy Cricket explains that he is going to tell a story of a wish coming true. His story begins in the Tuscany workshop of a woodworker named Geppetto. Jiminy watches as Geppetto finishes work on a wooden marionette whom he names Pinocchio (a name his cat Figaro and fish Cleo both dislike). Before falling asleep, Geppetto makes a wish on a star that Pinocchio would be a real boy. During the night, a Blue Fairy visits the workshop and brings Pinocchio to life, although he still remains a puppet. She informs him that if he proves himself brave, truthful, and unselfish he will become a real boy and assigns Jiminy to be his conscience.
Boat Builders, 7minutes
Directed by Ben Sharpsteen
Origin USA
Genres Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Films about birds, Mise en scène d'un rongeur, Mise en scène d'un canard, Mise en scène d'une souris, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Walt Disney, Pinto Colvig, Clarence Nash, Marcellite Garner
Rating73% 3.6852653.6852653.6852653.6852653.685265
In this short, Mickey Mouse and his friends Donald Duck and Goofy attempt to build a boat (which they name Queen Minnie), which is made from fold-out parts (the instructions simply say "All You Do Is Put It Together" and "Even A Child Can Do It"), though they encounter problems of their own as they go (e.g. Donald paints the rudder which keeps being turned by Mickey, and Goofy thinks the figurehead is an actual woman). Their maiden voyage turns out to be their last, as the boat collapses as she sets sail, thanks to Minnie Mouse hitting the champagne bottle (to christen the boat) just too hard on the boat.
Polar Trappers, 8minutes
Directed by Ben Sharpsteen
Origin USA
Genres Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Films about birds, Mise en scène d'un canard, Films about penguins, Children's films
Actors Clarence Nash, Pinto Colvig
Rating70% 3.521283.521283.521283.521283.52128
Propriétaires de la Donald and Goofy Trapping Co., nos héros chassent - sans succès on s'en doute - le morse au Pôle Nord.
The Fox Hunt, 8minutes
Directed by Ben Sharpsteen
Origin USA
Genres Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Films about birds, Mise en scène d'un canard, Children's films
Actors Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Florence Gill, Clarence Nash
Rating67% 3.3755253.3755253.3755253.3755253.375525
Donald Duck sings "A-Hunting We Will Go" as he takes off on a fox hunt, carrying a hunting horn and the leashes of several bloodhounds. Donald struggles to control the dogs as they search for the scent of a fox. Meanwhile, Goofy rides a horse as part of the main hunting party. When his horse refuses to jump over a hedge, Goofy demonstrates himself how to make the jump, but discovers a pond directly on the other side.
Mickey's Trailer, 7minutes
Directed by Ben Sharpsteen
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Films about birds, Mise en scène d'un rongeur, Road movies, Mise en scène d'un canard, Mise en scène d'une souris, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Clarence Nash
Rating79% 3.9830253.9830253.9830253.9830253.983025
The movie starts at what seems like a small house in a natural setting. Mickey walks out the door and says, "Oh boy! What a day!" Then, he pulls a lever and walks inside. The house is converted into a trailer (with the natural setting in the shape of a giant hand fan revealed to be a city dump) and Goofy's car is released from the side. Then, Goofy starts driving through the countryside while Mickey makes breakfast (corn on the cob, baked potatoes, watermelon, coffee, and milk). Meanwhile, Donald can't wake up, even when his alarm clock rings and pulls off his blanket. Thanks to a secret controlboard, Mickey manages to rouse him for a machine-assisted bath, but he saw birds and tried to swat them with the towel. Later, the bath is converted into a dining area.