Leslie James "Les" Clark (November 17, 1907 – September 12, 1979) was an American animator and the first of Disney's Nine Old Men. Joining Disney in 1927, he was the only one to work on the origins of Mickey Mouse with Ub Iwerks.
Les Clark was born in Ogden, Utah in 1907, the eldest of 12 children to James Clark, a carpenter, and Lute Wadsworth. By 1910, the family lived in Salt Lake City and by 1920, they lived in Twin Falls, Idaho. By 1930, they lived in Los Angeles, where Les attended Venice High School. During high school, he worked a summer job at an ice cream shop near Walt Disney Studios in Hollywood. Walt and Roy Disney were frequent patrons at the shop, and Walt had once complimented Les on his lettering job of the menus. Eventually, Les got the courage to ask Walt for a job. He recalled Walt's reply: ...[Walt said] 'Bring some of your drawings in and let's see what they look like.' So, I copied some cartoons and showed them to Walt. He said I had a good line, and why don't I come to work on Monday.Les reported to the studio the Monday after he graduated high school for a temporary position in 1927.He and his wife Miriam had a son, Richard, and a daughter, Miriam.
Movies & TV shows
Walt Disney Treasures: More Silly Symphonies
Among the many animation treasures celebrated here are the never-before-released 'Hell's Bells' and the original unedited 'Mother Goose Goes Hollywood', plus the Academy Award winning 'Three Orphan Ki...
Disney's American Legends
John Henry, the railroad builder who proved the value of believing in oneself, was one of the doers and dreamers who made America great. Journey with lumberjack Paul Bunyan as he clears the land for s...
Man, Monsters & Mysteries
Man, Monsters and Mysteries is a 1974 Disney educational animated featurette. It explains about man's intriguing questions about monsters, mysteries and even the enigmatic Loch Ness monster.
Get the Message
Created by Walt Disney Educational and distributed to Schools. Traces the development of communication techniques from the first "ugh" to the astral language of the space age, and concludes with a lo...
An educational short produced by Disney which poses three questions to children in how they should deal with a given situation. This time a fight at school.
An educational short produced by Disney which poses three questions to children in how they should deal with a given situation. This time a game at school.
An educational short produced by Disney which poses three questions to children in how they should deal with a given situation. This time a school project.
Donald's Fire Survival Plan
Donald Duck shows how to prevent fire in the home.
Steel and America
A short film by Disney in which Donald Duck is involved in showing the history of Steel and America.
Goofy's Freeway Troubles
After a brief review of the problems described in Freewayphobia #1 (1965), we see a new range of problems. These include: abrupt breakdowns due to poor maintenance; unsecured loads; running out of gas...
Goofy demonstrates how not to drive on the freeway: first, the overly timid driver, then the overly aggressive driver, and finally the inattentive driver, shaving or eating. Some of the advice is a bi...
A Symposium on Popular Songs
Professor Ludwig von Drake plays a lot of popular music. Vegetables are dancing in stop- motion in the Rutabaga Rag. There is an animation of a singer and dancers. 50's doo-wop and more cut-out animat...
Donald and the Wheel
A father tells his son that the invention of the wheel was the most important thing; to prove it, the two people visit the caveman Donald Duck. There is an illustration of the use of wheels in power g...
Donald in Mathmagic Land
Disney used animation here to explain through this wonderful adventure of Donald how mathmatics can be usuful in our real life. Through this journey Donald shows us how mathmatics are not just numbers...
Leaving the safety of their nursery behind, Wendy, Michael and John follow Peter Pan to a magical world where childhood is a thing of the past. The kids have to stop Captain Hook from getting rid of P...
Alice in Wonderland
Alice is following a rabbit. Songs and escapades highlight Alice's journey, which culminated in a madcap encounter with the Queen of Hearts and her army of playing cards.
Mickey's on vacation at Camp Utopia. At first Pluto thinks it really is utopia: trees everywhere and a cat to chase. But the cabin rules are strict: no dogs indoors, and dogs must be muzzled and leash...
Cinderella is confident that she will be able to fulfill her dreams. With the help of her loyal mice friends and a wave of her Fairy Godmother's wand, Cinderella's rags are magically turned into a glo...
Fun and Fancy Free
Two Disney shorts are hosted by Jiminy Cricket, one is about a circus bear escaping to the wild and the other is a take on a famous fairy tale.
Mickey and the Beanstalk
The musical Singing Harp is the most prized possession in the Happy Valley. Will Mickey, Donald, and Goofy be able to find the answer in Willie the Giant's castle?
Song of the South
In order to help little Johnny deal with his confusion over his parents' separation as well as his new life on the plantation, Uncle Remus draws upon his stories of Br'er Rabbit.
Make Mine Music
A collection of nine musically charged animated shorts featuring favorites like "Peter And The Wolf", narrated by the beloved voice behind Winnie The Pooh, is called Make Mine Music. The classics are ...
A crowd gathers at the skating rink to watch the big championship hockey game of the Pelicans versus the Aardvarks. Although referee "Clean Game" Kinney does his best to supervise, the hockey game rea...
Der Fuehrer's Face
A marching band of Germans, Italians, and Japanese march through the streets of swastika-motif Nutziland, serenading "Der Fuehrer's Face." Donald Duck, not living in the region by choice, struggles to...
A number of crazy vehicles are demonstrated by Goofy.
A pillbox is being guarded by Pluto.
How to Play Baseball
Goofy shows us the national pastime. After a brief overview, we have a demonstration of the many possible pitches. On to the World Series, where we go through an eventful inning, culminating in a base...
Mickey directs an orchestra. Goofy drops the instruments under an elevator during the performance so they sound like toys. The audience loves it even though the sponsor hates it.
Mickey's Birthday Party
The gang throws a surprise birthday party for Mickey and his present is an electric organ, which Minnie plays. Goofy has trouble with the cake falling. The gang does a conga line.
The Nifty Nineties
In the Gay Nineties, Mickey and Minnie went for a drive in his horseless carriage, to the strains of "While Strolling Through the Park" and "In the Good Old Summertime". The whole Duck family rides by...
The Little Whirlwind
Mickey is willing to clean up her yard because he wants some cake. A small tornado with a mind of its own comes along and causes trouble as he works. After Mickey chases the little twister off, it get...
It is possible to see the music come to life, hear the pictures burst into song, and experience the excitement of the movie over and over again.
Geppetto's wooden puppet will be brought to life by the Blue Fairy. As he sets off on an adventure with his whistling sidekick and conscience, Jiminy Cricket must prove he's worthy.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is the third and most famous segment in Disney's Fantasia and went on to be the only returning segment in its sequel, Fantasia 2000. Based on the poem of the same name by Joh...
Mr. Duck Steps Out
Donald went to the house of his new love interest. Daisy has her back turned to her visitor at first. Donald noticed her tailfeathers taking the form of a hand and signaling for him to come closer. Th...
Stephen Foster, a writer from Pittsburgh who falls in love with the South, is accused of being sympathetic to the Confederacy in the film Swanee River. The film is more of a fiction than a biography.
Society Dog Show
There are lots of high society dogs in the dog show. Pluto is looking at the dog next door while Mickey chases after a dropped can. When the judge makes fun of Pluto, he gets mad and goes after the ju...
How Walt Disney Cartoons Are Made
Behind the scenes of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, as well as a general look at the different departments involved in making a cartoon, can be found here.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Snow White hides from her stepmother in the house of seven dwarfs in the forest. The Queen is jealous of Snow White because she wants to be known as the fairest in the land.
There is a parrot in Mickey's basement. Mickey thinks the parrot is the killer after hearing about it on the radio. After hiding under the fish and inside a turkey, Pluto ran into the parrot, first hi...
Brave Little Tailor
When a giant threatens the land, the cityfolk mistake Mickey's boast of killing seven flies with one blow to be giants. He is forced to fight a giant.
Mickey's Grand Opera
Mickey is going to conduct an opera when he chases Pluto. Pluto crashes into a magician's props backstage and spars with the hat, its rabbits, and its doves. Donald and Clara are the leads in the oper...
The Country Cousin
Morty Citymouse invites his cousin Abner Countrymouse for a visit and shows him the ways of the big city, including traps, eating quietly, and busy traffic.
Mickey and Donald take a truckload of mouse boys on a picnic. The boys delight in tormenting Donald, first by filching the picnic food, then giving him a flower with a bee inside (Donald eventually ge...
Musical instruments are the stars of a romantic fable set in the Land of Symphony and the Isle of Jazz, two islands separated by the Sea of Discord. The violin princess and the saxophone prince fall i...
The Band Concert
Donald uses a seemingly endless supply of flutes to play Turkey in the Straw instead of Mickey, who is trying to lead a concert of The William Tell Overture. A bee causes havoc after Donald gives up. ...
The Tortoise and the Hare
The Tortoise and the Hare is an animated short film released on January 5, 1935 by United Artists, produced by Walt Disney and directed by Wilfred Jackson. Based on an Aesop's fable of the same name, ...
A friend in Australia has sent a stuffed animal to Mickey, who is a Hoppy. Mickey wants to train the kangaroos to be fighters, but they end up throwing him in his own hay-baling machine.
The Grasshopper and the Ants
As in the classic fable, the grasshopper plays his fiddle and lives for the moment, while the industrious ants squirrel away massive amounts of food for the winter. With his song, he's able to convinc...
Mickey is reading a book while the orphan children are pretending to be sailors. After ruining their game Mickey tries to make it up to them by portraying the role of Gulliver in Liliput, pretending i...
The Goddess of Spring
The goddess is welcomed by dancing flowers and fairies. She was taken away by the devil to become his queen. As winter settles above ground, she is depressed. The devil offers to make her happy, even ...
Mickey is trying to do yard work, but Pluto wants to play. Mickey breaks a screen, spreads flypaper, and they both get stuck.
The Big Bad Wolf
The Big Bad Wolf has a vendetta against Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs.
Donald and Mickey put on a charity show, for some orphans.
The Mail Pilot
Mickey the mail pilot is entrusted with a chest of money. He battles rain and snow, but his biggest battle is against Pete, who has a plane equipped with a machine gun and a harpoon cannon. Mickey's p...
Mickey's Pal Pluto
There is a bag of kittens in the river. Mickey ignores him and blames him for the damage the kittens do. The devil and angel sides argue with him. Pluto is thrown outside. The kittens fall into the we...
Mickey Mouse and his friends staged a production of Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Birds in the Spring
Two birds are happy over the hatching of their three eggs; as they grow, the hatchlings are taught to sing and fly. One falls from the nest and has adventures with a snake and a hive before finding hi...
The Steeple Chase
The Colonel has bet everything that Mickey will ride in the big race. The stable-hands incapacitate the horse. Mickey rents a horse costume and puts the stable-hands inside. The bees propel them to vi...
Old King Cole
All of the Mother Goose characters are invited to the party by Old King Cole. He tells them to leave at midnight. A bunch of characters put on a show. Everyone dances along with the Ten Little Indian ...
Mickey's orphans ask for a story; Mickey casts himself as Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk. He starts with the climbing of the beanstalk; after evading the giant a few times, he ends up inside a cheese ...
Building a Building
Mickey is a shovel operator and Pete is the foreman at the construction site. Mickey keeps having accidents because he pays more attention to Minnie than to his work. Pete stole Mickey's lunch and Min...
Mickey is in trouble when Pluto and Fifi eat chocolates.
The Mad Doctor
A dark night. There is an evil genius who wants to put his head on the body of a chicken. Mickey finds himself in danger by the house and its denizens.
The Night Before Christmas
A narrator sings the opening lines of a poem while we watch a house rest. Santa opens his bag after landing on the roof. The toys march out and decorate the tree, with the toy soldiers shooting balls ...
Ye Olden Days
The prince will be wed against the wishes of the princess. She is locked in the tower when she refuses. Minstrel Mickey makes a rope from Clarabell's clothes as he rescues her. The king is about to ch...
Flowers and Trees
The flowers and trees are moving.
The Bears and Bees
Two bear cubs tussle harmlessly, then start to munch on a berry bush, until a bigger, meaner bear chases them off. They nibble some flowers and find a bee, which they follow to the hive, which they th...
The Grocery Boy
Mickey and Pluto are delivering food. When he gets hit on the head by an iron, she drops her pretense and rushes to his side. Mickey helps with the dinner preparations, but Pluto takes the turkey, and...
Bugs in Love
There is a playground made out of castoffs featuring ice skating on mirrors. Two love bugs are leaving for a more private area. When a crow comes by, their fun is interrupted. He bottles up the male b...
Mickey in Arabia
The best animated comic is Mickey Mouse.
Babes in the Woods
Two children are lost in the woods and find a dwarf village. They are lured into a candy house by a witch.
Santa's helpers have to finish the toys in time for Christmas.
After a short introduction, one of Neptune's mermaids is captured by a pirate ship, and their anchor chain entangles King Neptune; the various sea creatures launch a full-on assault on the pirate ship...
Mickey dreams of marrying Minnie and having about 20 children. For all the possible joys of children, a brood this size turns the dream into a nightmare, especially when they get into the open cans of...
The Bird Store
A pet shop specializing in birds. The various caged birds chirp along to the score in their various styles (including a set of birds that looks like the Marx Brothers). A cat eyes the proceedings hung...
The dog pound's cage-mate breaks out and lets the other dogs out as well. The dog in the park keeps following the other dog too closely, until he digs up a huge bone and gives it to the other dog. The...
Mickey Mouse and Pluto are traveling up an African river with a cargo of goods. They hit land and are captured by cannibals. They all start jamming to "The Darktown Strutter's Ball" when Mickey starts...
Mickey and his friends are holding an Olympics on his farm. The main event is a sort of quadrathlon, with running, pole vaulting, rowing, and cycling. Mickey gets a late start because of Pete's foul p...
Mickey does his chores while singing or whistling. The hen who hasn't laid an egg in a while lays a giant egg.
Mickey's Good Deed
Mickey is playing Christmas carols on a bass. He only gets screws, rocks, and other useless stuff. The spoiled brat kid inside the rich man's window decides he wants to play with Pluto. Mickey isn't s...
The Klondike Kid
Mickey is playing piano in the bar. He saved a depressed, half-frozen Minnie. After a gun battle, Pegleg Pierre came storming in and stole her. A chase ensues with Pluto pulling Mickey's sled. There i...
The Whoopee Party
A party. While Minnie plays piano and the guests dance, Mickey, Goofy, and Horace prepare a snack, which is brought out to much fanfare and immediately devoured. A band plays Scott Joplin's The Entert...
Mickey Mouse is the conductor of an orchestra, while the rest of Disney provides a dance recital with a stage manager and Pluto sneaking on stage.
The Fox Hunt
There is time for the gentry to participate in their favorite sport: the fox hunt. The eccentric gentlemen come in all shapes and sizes, the fat ones putting the greatest strain on the horses. There a...
The Ugly Duckling
The film begins with a mother hen sitting on her eggs. When the final egg hatch out a duckling, her mood changes from overjoyed to disgust. The mother hen is adamant in her refusal to care for an infa...
Mother Goose Melodies
Old King Cole likes a book of nursery rhymes.
The Busy Beavers
A group of beavers cheerily build a dam.
The Barnyard Broadcast
Mickey runs radio station ICU from his barn. His friends play various musical numbers. A cat wanders in and starts yowling (which sets Pluto, who was listing from his doghouse, off). Mickey puts it ou...
Mickey Steps Out
Mickey heads over to see Minnie, but Pluto won't leave him alone. He gets there and watches through the window, standing on Pluto, while Minnie plays piano. Pluto runs off to chase a cat and leaves Mi...
The Delivery Boy
Delivery boy Mickey encounters Minnie washing clothes and singing. He stops for a quick song and dance with her. Meanwhile, Pluto gets tangled up in tar. Mickey sends a beehive flying; it lands on his...
Mickey, apparently shipwrecked, is on a raft; he washes up on a tropical island, where a banana tree takes care of his hunger. He then discovers a piano that washed ashore, and begins playing it. The ...
Birds of a Feather
Swans, peacocks, ducks, and more birds dance.
The Spider and the Fly
A kitchen is filled with houseflies. A spider wakes up and plays his web like a harp, attracting a pair of them; the female is trapped, and the male summons the cavalry, which arrives riding horseflie...
Mickey takes Pluto fishing in a boat, but they aren't very successful. The fish steal the bait. Mickey ignored the "no fishing" sign and was spotted by the game warden.
Mickey plays a song on the piano. Minnie sings. A band plays while people sing and dance. Mickey leads the 9-piece band in an uptempo number, with Pluto on trombone, Horace on percussion, and Clarabel...
The Birthday Party
Mickey's friends throw him a party. Mickey blew all the cake onto the chef's face, while the candles stayed lit. He unwraps his present. He plays a duet of I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby wit...
Mickey is driving a taxi. His first fare is a very large gentleman. Mickey stops traffic and gets a tongue-lashing from the officer. The cab runs into some bad road, bounces the fare down to almost no...
The moon and two owls are singing. There are a lot of things that dance around a candle flame.
Various flora and fauna dance to the tunes that the satyr plays on his pipes. Two clouds dance, causing lightning strikes that start a forest fire. The animals are running to escape the fire. An anima...
A group of cannibals are having a dance. There is a ferocious lion in the middle of their Gala.
Mickey and Minnie are on a wagon train; they camp for the night, unaware that Indians have spotted them and are doing a war dance. The attack comes, and Minnie is captured.
In the last of the Silly Symphonies season, bears hibernate, raccoons sneeze, moose swim, and everyone ice skates. Everyone is gathered to see what happens.
The monkeys are swinging; their song and dance routine has other jungle creatures joining in. Two monkeys are in love. The crocodiles lie in wait.
The Gorilla Mystery
Mickey panicked and called Minnie, but she played a song to show she was not afraid. The gorilla came up behind her and grabbed her. Mickey rushed to save her.
Summertime, and Mickey takes Minnie on a picnic. While Pluto is chasing a rabbit, and Mickey and Minnie are doing a courtship dance, every animal in the woods is busy making off with their picnic food...
The title pretty much says it: fish and other marine life dance and frolic to various tunes. An octopus keeps spoiling the fun in various ways.
Midnight in a Toy Shop
A spider seeks shelter inside an old toy store, where he soon discovers that the merchandise comes to life after dark.
As the first snows fall, the Silly Symphonies continue, with squirrels storing nuts and corn, crows stealing it, and the like.
A group of animals float on ice and perform on the shore.
A new set of insects dances to a new set of tunes while doing summer activities in the sequel to Springtime. The insects include dung beetles, butterflies, a walking stick, bees, and various other bee...
The Fire Fighters
When the alarm sounds, Mickey and others slide down an animal's neck. The cat's tail pulls the sirens. The nearest hydrant isn't working well, so Horace Horsecollar takes drinks from a pond and uses t...
The Chain Gang
Several characters, including Mickey Mouse, are on a prison chain gang. Everyone starts making music and dancing after Mickey breaks out a harmonica. Soon there's a jail-break, and Mickey's on the run...
The Merry Dwarfs
A village of dwarfs play and dance. A blacksmith shoes a centipede, a street-cleaner sweeps, a marching-band strikes up, and the townsmen roll out beer barrels.
There are flowers, insects, and a crow family. After a brief storm, arthropods travel to the Dance of the Hours.
The demons of hell play music for Satan when an insubordinate refuses to serve him.
El Terrible Toreador
A barmaid, a Mexican officer and a terrible toreador form a love triangle, as they dance, skip, kiss, punch and slap to the tune of Bizet's "Carmen." Later, the barmaid cheers her lover, and the offic...
The Skeleton Dance
As we hear the chimes at midnight and bats flutter from a belfry, as a hound howls at the full moon and black cats fight on the tombstones, and through the gloom, white skeletons pass, running and lea...
Oswald got a visit from the stork. Again and again and again. There are a variety of strategies he has to use to stop the flow of babies.
Ozzie of the Mounted
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Mickey Mouse, piloting a steamboat, delights his passenger, Minnie, by making musical instruments out of the menagerie on the deck.
Alice and her friends decide to go to the park and have a picnic. Everything is going well until a gang of rats steals their food. Alice and her friends decide to go after the rats and get their food ...
Alice in the Klondike
Julius and Alice go prospecting for gold in the Klondike and strike it rich. However, they have to protect their claim against Pete, who wants to take it for himself.
Alice's Channel Swim
Julius and Pete have a contest to swim across the English Channel, with Alice as the referee.
Alice's Medicine Show
Alice and Julius are in a traveling medicine show, and part of their job is to sell patent medicine to audiences.
Alice in the Big League
The animals take exception to Alice's bad calls when she umpires a big league baseball game.
Alice the Beach Nut
Julius is working as a lifeguard at the beach. Julius had to rescue a swimmer from the water.
Oswald takes a job as a lifeguard to keep an eye on Miss Rabbit, who in turn stages a boating accident hoping Oswald will come to save her.
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit finds the job more difficult than it is worth in his debut short.
Oswald joined the army because his country was at war and was soon in the trenches. A short battle leaves him wounded, but at least in the field hospital where his girlfriend is working.
The Mechanical Cow
Oswald wakes up grumpy and takes his alarm clock out, after trying his best to wake the mechanical cow sleeping in the bed next to him. They finally start offering milk to the denizens of the farm. Os...
Oswald's sweetheart is stolen by a schoolyard bully, so he has to fight him during recess to win her back.
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