WALT DISNEY AND MY FIRST CAREER
"A number of my pictures received prizes, which was greatly encouraging, but after leaving school I realized I would have to do something else. I had met Margaret in art school and we were planning to be married as soon as I could figure out a way to make a living. That was back in 1937, a very poor time to start a career as a painter, so when I learned that Walt Disney needed artists for his animated films I headed for California. At Disney's I became a sketch artist, planning screen stories, and as soon as the job began to show promise, Margaret and I were married. When my two sons, Bill and Steve, were very small I would make up bedtime stories for them almost every night. With so much storytelling practice I began to contribute more to Disney stories, but always with illustrations. I couldn't possibly give up drawing. Finally I became Walt's top writer-illustrator on his animated features. It was much more of a job than I had bargained for, yet I enjoyed the creative freedom."
Bill explaining storyboard to Walt.
For more about his job go to Storyman.
|Bill in his room at Disney's Studios in Burbank, California. Taken about 1960.
|Taken about 1940, this photo shows a young Bill Peet (second row, far right) and his good friend Joe Rinaldi, in front row with Pinocchio book.
|In his notes for his autobiography he indicated how much he admired some of the people he worked with at the studio, quote: "I doubt if there was ever such a collection of excellent artists under one roof in history."