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'A Reel Legacy' tells story of LDS Church's early film efforts

November 26, 2012
source: Deseret News

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MR says: The LDS Church's early pioneer efforts in film are a little known history, but have now been preserved in the documentary "A Reel Legacy."

When you look closely between a photograph of the stepsisters from Disney's animated "Cinderella" and a photograph of Wetzel O. "Judge" Whitaker and his brother Scott, you may notice a striking resemblance.

The Whitaker brothers, who were former animators for Walt Disney, actually based the faces of the "ugly stepsisters" on their own, wanting them to be more masculine.

As chief animator for the beloved classics of "Cinderella" and "Peter Pan," among others, Wetzel O. Whitaker's future was filled with opportunity when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began showing interest in learning to use media.

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