Ub Iwerks

Ub Iwerks

Known For: Directing · Birthday: 1901-03-24 · Deathday: 1971-07-07 (70 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Kansas City, Missouri, USA

130 Movies

Also Known As: U. B. Iwerk · Ubbe Ert Iwwerks · 'Ub' Iwerks · U.B. Iwerks · Ub. Iwerks · Ubbe Iwerks

Biography

Ubbe Eert "Ub" Iwerks (; March 24, 1901 – July 7, 1971) was an American animator, cartoonist, character designer, inventor, and special effects technician, who designed Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse. Iwerks produced alongside Walt Disney and won numerous awards, including multiple Academy Awards.

Early Life

Iwerks was born in Kansas City, Missouri. His father, Eert Ubbe Iwwerks, was born in the village of Uttum in East Frisia (northwest Germany, today part of the municipality of Krummhörn) and immigrated to the United States in 1869. The elder Iwwerks, who worked as a barber, was 57 when Ub was born and had fathered and abandoned several previous children and wives. When Ub was a teenager, he abandoned him as well, forcing the boy to drop out of school and work to support his mother. Iwerks despised his father and never spoke of him; upon learning that he had died, he reportedly said, "Throw him in a ditch." Ub's full name, Ubbe Ert Iwwerks, can be seen on early Alice Comedies that he signed. Several years later he simplified his name to "Ub Iwerks", sometimes written as "U. B. Iwerks".He is the father of Disney Legend Don Iwerks and grandfather of documentary film producer Leslie Iwerks.

Movies & TV shows

2018.

1 Movie
Celebrating Mickey

Celebrating Mickey

2018
When Mickey burst onto the scene in the classic Steamboat Willie, he not only stole our hearts, but went on to bring joy to generations. This collection from Walt Disney Animation Studios celebrates M...

2008.

1 Movie
Walt Disney Treasures: The Adventures Of Oswald The Lucky Rabbit

Walt Disney Treasures: The Adventures Of Oswald The Lucky Rabbit

2008
Oswald was the star of Disney's first cartoon series, The Adventure of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The cheerful rabbit's popularity quickly grew and so did his shorts. Oswald cartoons were created by Dis...

2006.

1 Movie
Walt Disney Treasures: More Silly Symphonies

Walt Disney Treasures: More Silly Symphonies

2006
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...

2005.

1 Movie
Vintage Mickey

Vintage Mickey

2005
Celebrate one of the world's most famous characters in this timeless collection of Mickey's most memorable cartoons featuring the classic "Steamboat Willie" — which marked the first appearance of Mick...

2004.

1 Movie
Walt Disney's Fables - Vol.6

Walt Disney's Fables - Vol.6

2004
There are two shorts from the Disney studios. In 'The Reluctant Dragon', a young boy and a famous dragon fighter team up to teach a dragon the art of being a force to be reckoned with. Mickey Mouse, G...

2001.

1 Movie

1991.

1 Movie
The Dating Game

The Dating Game

1991
After chasing the dog, Flip called Clarisse.

1984.

2 Movies
Minnie

Minnie

1984
Plane Crazy, Mickey's Rival, First Aiders, The Nifty Nineties, Bath Day, and Mickey's Delayed Date are included.
Mickey

Mickey

1984
"Steamboat Willie", "Mickey's Grand Opera", "The Worm Turns", and "Mr". "Mouse Takes a Trip", "Symphony Hour", and "The Simple Things" are all from the 1940s.

1961.

1 Movie
The Parent Trap

The Parent Trap

5.07
1961
Two identical twin sisters, separated at birth by their parents' divorce, are going to a summer camp to get their parents back together. One of the girls, who has been living with their mother and the...

1959.

1 Movie
Jungle Cat

Jungle Cat

1959
This final True-Life Adventure would also appear to be one of the best, as we go into the South American jungle to observe the jaguar. Jungle Cat is more intimate than its kin, allowing individual ani...

1957.

1 Movie
Perri

Perri

1957
The life of a female squirrel in the forest is filled with danger and peril. Perri finds time to fall in love with her male squirrel when she isn't fleeing the Marten.

1954.

2 Movies
The Disneyland Story

The Disneyland Story

1954
There is a preview for Disneyland and several episodes of the show to come. The show focuses on Mickey Mouse's career.
Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter

Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter

1954
The man wants a truce.

1942.

1 Movie
Stop that Tank!

Stop that Tank!

1942
A Disney educational animated short instructing the use of the Boys MK.1 Anti-Tank rifle.

1940.

2 Movies
Blackboard Revue

Blackboard Revue

1940
In this episode of A Color Rhapsody, the blackboard drawings come alive, as the characters on screen gather together for class. This Columbia classroom tale features a jungle sequence, musical segment...
Beauty Shoppe

Beauty Shoppe

1940
Gran' Pop Monkey and The Three Monkeys decide to open a jungle beauty parlor, but a tough-guy gorilla comes in with his fat hippopotamus girlfriend and demands that they make her lose a lot of weight ...

1938.

3 Movies
The Horse on the Merry-Go-Round

The Horse on the Merry-Go-Round

1938
He got a case of wanderlust because of his running-in-circles existence as a merry-go-round horse. After the fair closes, he goes to the Crazy House, the Wax Museum, the Ferris Wheel and a roller coas...
Snowtime

Snowtime

10
1938
Professor Owl is lecturing to his class of bird and animal students, when they interrupt him with weather questions about what makes the north wind blow and what makes snow. Little dwarfs are shown in...
Midnight Frolics

Midnight Frolics

1938
A mouse and a cuckoo bird, skeptical about the existence of ghosts, are startled by a midnight visit from a sextet of spirits, all men who once wooed a Florador show-girl. The specters do a song-and-d...

1937.

4 Movies
Skeleton Frolics

Skeleton Frolics

1937
Ub Iwerks dusts off the skeletons from his early-Disney days and puts them to work at Columbia… in a graveyard replete with eerie owls and surrealistic bats, skeletons begin to rise from their graves ...
Porky's Super Service

Porky's Super Service

5
1937
Porky owns a full-service gas station; he deals with a wide variety of problems, like a bump that migrates to different parts of the car. But his real nemesis is a supposedly sleeping baby in a car wh...
Merry Mannequins

Merry Mannequins

1937
Told in a musical-comedy format, this cartoon is the story of two department store mannequins who fall in love, become engaged and plan to marry. When the other dummies/manikins/mannequins in the stor...

1936.

5 Movies
Tom Thumb

Tom Thumb

1936
The animated story of Tom Thumb
Happy Days

Happy Days

1936
Pinhead is ridiculed by the other boys on the way to the fishing hole.
Ali Baba

Ali Baba

1936
Ali Baba senior and his son Ali Baba live in poverty. One day they happen to see the Forty Thieves enter their cave. After the thieves leave, Ali Baba and his son enter the cave and start to fill thei...
Little Boy Blue

Little Boy Blue

1936
The Big Bad Wolf stalks Little Bo Peep and steals one of her sheep. She enlists Little Boy Blue and a dancing scarecrow to assist her and her mischievous black sheep in rescuing it. Singing, dancing, ...
Dick Whittington's Cat

Dick Whittington's Cat

1936
A cowardly cat has several adventures involving pugnacious mice.

1935.

10 Movies
Old Mother Hubbard

Old Mother Hubbard

1935
Old Mother Hubbard is the laundress for the king, but when she finds her cupboard bare, her dog travels to the palace where he winds up performing for the king.
Balloon Land

Balloon Land

1935
The inhabitants, including the trees and rocks, of Balloon Land are made entirely of balloons. They come under attack from the evil Pincushion Man. With the help of a quickly inflated army, they manag...
Sinbad the Sailor

Sinbad the Sailor

1935
Sinbad battles a band of pirates at sea and on a tropical isle. A giant bird rescues him, and he ends up back on his ship with the pirates' treasure.
Simple Simon

Simple Simon

1935
As in the nursery rhyme, Simple Simon meets a pieman on his way to the fair and samples his wares. However, when he makes no purchase, the pieman becomes angry, follows Simon to the fair, and makes hi...
Little Black Sambo

Little Black Sambo

1935
Mammy gives Little Black Sambo a quick scrub on the washboard, then pats him down with baby powder, black baby powder, before sending him off to play. She warns him about the tiger...
Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty

1935
Animated take on the classic nursery rhyme.
The Brementown Musicians

The Brementown Musicians

1935
A group of farm animals run away and form an a cappella quartet. Four animals discover their talent singing together and try to use their newfound quartet to make it through life.
Mary's Little Lamb

Mary's Little Lamb

1935
An animated version of the children's story.
The Three Bears

The Three Bears

1935
Playing hide-and-seek with her dog, young Goldilocks scampers away into the woods and stumbles upon a lovely little house. Unbeknownst to her, a family of bears live there. The bears, however, have go...
Summertime

Summertime

1935
Spring is coming, but Old Man Winter isn't ready to retire for the year.

1934.

11 Movies
Jack Frost

Jack Frost

1934
A young grizzly bear, undaunted by his mother's warnings of the coming winter, runs away from home only to be confronted by Old Man Winter himself.
Viva Willie

Viva Willie

1934
Willie tells his friend that he was once a cowboy.
The Little Red Hen

The Little Red Hen

1934
In this classic fable, a hen asks help with chores from other farm animals. None of the animals want to help do work, but they all want to share the fruits of the hen's labor.
Hell's Fire

Hell's Fire

1934
Willie Whopper and his dog visit Hell, where they meet some of the notorious members of the damned.
Davy Jones' Locker

Davy Jones' Locker

1934
Willie Whooper, the little boy with the big imagination, describes a day when he went fishing with his girl and unintentionally hooked King Neptune. The King of the Sea becomes angry, and adventures o...
The Queen of Hearts

The Queen of Hearts

1934
Playing cards come to life. As in the nursery rhyme, the queen of hearts bakes some tarts; the jack of hearts steals them.
The King's Tailor

The King's Tailor

1934
A tailor helps his king, who is in danger from a giant and a swarm of bees.
The Headless Horseman

The Headless Horseman

1934
Early color animated short of an adaptation of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
Don Quixote

Don Quixote

1934
A comically ridiculously altered version of the classic tale, in which Don Quixote is victorious over his imaginary enemies and emits Tarzan-like yells of triumph.
The Brave Tin Soldier

The Brave Tin Soldier

1934
There is a musical version of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale where a tin soldier with only one leg and a toy ballerina find happiness.
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

1934
Aladdin is a child laborer who works for a guy that exchanges "new lamps for old". This guy swaps a "new" lamp for 2-3 replacement old lamps, then brings back the old lamps for Aladdin to polish and m...

1933.

4 Movies
Coo Coo the Magician

Coo Coo the Magician

1933
Flip The Frog goes head-to-head with a swami-type magician, both trying to top each other (with some funny results). This all happens after the latter pulls a disappearing act with Flip's girlfriend.
Stratos-Fear

Stratos-Fear

1933
An overdose of gas at the dentist's office causes Willie to float like a balloon. He floats out of the office, through the stratosphere, and into outer space. There, he meets an alien scientist who ha...
Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk

1933
Jack sells the family cow for magic beans which grow a vine into the sky.
Bulloney

Bulloney

1933
Flip has been caught in flagranti with the bullfighter's girlfriend, now he must fight the matador and the even meaner bull.

1932.

7 Movies
Phoney Express

Phoney Express

1932
There was a holdup and an abduction.
Fire! Fire!

Fire! Fire!

1932
Flip and his friends are called out to fight a fire.
The Office Boy

The Office Boy

1932
There are flip schemes to get himself hired as an office boy at the Screwy Nuts & Bolts factory. He starts by licking a stack of envelopes with a cat's tongue.
Room Runners

Room Runners

1932
A Flip the Frog cartoon.
Funny Face

Funny Face

1932
Flip is trying to impress a young lady but his face isn't right for that. He decides on better looks through surgery and gets turned into a pretty man.
Circus

Circus

1932
Flip the Frog is working as a hot dog vendor at a circus. A thief steals a woman's purse and it's up to Flip to stop him.
The Bully

The Bully

1932
"Bully" is a Bluto-type - you know: big, gruff guy with a cigar, small bowler hat, needs a shave....Here, he picks a fight with poor Flip. Before you know it, a neutral party comes along, shows the tw...

1931.

6 Movies
Africa Squeaks

Africa Squeaks

1931
Flip the Frog is a game hunter in Africa. He has an encounter with some cannibals who take him to their king for dinner ...
Spooks

Spooks

1931
Flip the Frog finds himself in a house haunted by crazy skeletons.
The New Car

The New Car

1931
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The Village Smitty

The Village Smitty

1931
When a cat's horse throws a shoe while pulling her carriage, she enlists in the help of a blacksmith in re-shoeing her horse.
Ragtime Romeo

Ragtime Romeo

1931
Flip the Frog serenades his feline sweetheart to the delight of everyone in her building - everyone, that is, except a homely cow, who is trying to get some sleep.
Movie Mad

Movie Mad

1931
FLIP THE FROG, who is basically a walking, talking, white glove, bow- tie & short-pants wearing little black frog. In this outing, Flip is introduced to us as he is reading up on how to become a movie...

1930.

7 Movies
The Village Barber

The Village Barber

1930
Flip the Frog works the town barbershop.
Flying Fists

Flying Fists

1930
Flip and a turtle train for a boxing match. They have comedic problems with their training equipment. In the match, a parrot acts as the ref.
Fiddlesticks

Fiddlesticks

1930
Flip the Frog was Iwerks' first creation. He made his debut appearance in "Fiddlesticks." In this cartoon, Iwerks supplied Flip with a bow tie and buttons, but there is no mistaking that Flip is a fro...
Cuckoo Murder Case

Cuckoo Murder Case

1930
The Cuckoo Bird residing in an old clock in a creepy old mansion is shot dead by an unknown assailant; Flip the Frog is called in to investigate (and finds more than he bargained for). |
Autumn

Autumn

1930
As the first snows fall, the Silly Symphonies continue, with squirrels storing nuts and corn, crows stealing it, and the like.
Summer

Summer

1930
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...
Little Orphan Willie

Little Orphan Willie

1930
A mouse mother refuses to accept another baby mouse as her kid. The stork decides it's best to place it on Flip's doorstep. Is he man enough to handle the little brat?

1929.

11 Movies
El Terrible Toreador

El Terrible Toreador

1929
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 Merry Dwarfs

The Merry Dwarfs

1929
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.
Springtime

Springtime

1929
There are flowers, insects, and a crow family. After a brief storm, arthropods travel to the Dance of the Hours.
Mickey's Choo-Choo

Mickey's Choo-Choo

1929
Mickey is a railroad engineer. He feeds the traincoal, feeds his dog, and makes lunch for himself. Mickey dances while Minnie plays a tune on her fiddle. The train has trouble climbing a hill after lu...
The Barn Dance

The Barn Dance

1929
mickey and putrid Pete want to take mickey mouse to a barn dance When Pete's car falls apart, Mickey gets the upper hand by using a balloon to lift his dancing feet. Pete punctures the balloon and win...
Plane Crazy

Plane Crazy

1929
Mickey builds a plane to take Minnie for a trip, inspired by the flight from New York to Paris.
The Skeleton Dance

The Skeleton Dance

1929
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...
The Opry House

The Opry House

1929
Mickey runs a theatre. The excerpts from Carmen are terrible. A cat with a snake's head painted on its tail is revealed to be Mickey. Mickey does a belly dance. The piano and stool kicked Mickey off t...
The Karnival Kid

The Karnival Kid

1929
Mickey Mouse fell in love with Minnie the "Shimmy Dancer" at a carnival when he met her. In the middle of the night, Mickey and a pair of alley cats serenade her with a song, much to the displeasure o...
The Barnyard Battle

The Barnyard Battle

1929
Mickey Mouse joins a mouse army to battle evil cats.
Hell's Bells

Hell's Bells

1929
The demons of hell play music for Satan when an insubordinate refuses to serve him.

1928.

9 Movies
Ride 'Em Plow Boy

Ride 'Em Plow Boy

1928
In a foreshadowing of what was to become a staple of the Mickey shorts, Oswald manages his farm along to a musical beat.
Sagebrush Sadie

Sagebrush Sadie

1928
Oswald plays a cowboy who must rescue Sadie from a runaway stagecoach and Pegleg Pete.
Hungry Hoboes

Hungry Hoboes

1928
Oswald and Pete are hobos and playing checkers on a train.
Africa Before Dark

Africa Before Dark

1928
Oswald is hunting in Africa.
Poor Papa

Poor Papa

1928
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

Ozzie of the Mounted

1928
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Rival Romeos

Rival Romeos

1928
Oswald is off to see his sweetheart when he is passed by a rival in a faster car. He takes the lead, though, when both drivers encounter a mud puddle; Oswald isn't afraid to get a little dirty, while ...
Steamboat Willie

Steamboat Willie

5
1928
Mickey Mouse, piloting a steamboat, delights his passenger, Minnie, by making musical instruments out of the menagerie on the deck.
The Gallopin' Gaucho

The Gallopin' Gaucho

1928
Mickey rides up to a cantina and does a tango with Minnie. When a big cat steals her away, Mickey gives chase, riding a drunken ostrich. At the hideout, Mickey has a swordfight with the cat.

1927.

23 Movies
Alice's Picnic

Alice's Picnic

1927
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 the Collegiate

Alice the Collegiate

1927
Alice gets a job teaching football at a local college, where the star quarterback is none other than Julius.
Alice in the Big League

Alice in the Big League

1927
The animals take exception to Alice's bad calls when she umpires a big league baseball game.
Great Guns

Great Guns

1927
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.
Alice's Knaughty Knight

Alice's Knaughty Knight

1927
Pete, dressed in a suit of armor, steals away the female that Julius is after. So Julius devises his own suit of armor, made mostly out of junk, to win her back.
Alice at the Carnival

Alice at the Carnival

1927
Alice and Julius visit a carnival where they ride the rides and take in the sideshow.
Alice in the Klondike

Alice in the Klondike

1927
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

Alice's Channel Swim

1927
Julius and Pete have a contest to swim across the English Channel, with Alice as the referee.
Alice in the Alps

Alice in the Alps

1927
Alice and Julius go ice-skating in the Swiss Alps, and later go on a mountain-climbing expedition with Pete.
Alice Foils the Pirates

Alice Foils the Pirates

1927
Julius discovers that Alice has been captured by Pete and held prisoner on his pirate ship. He sets out to rescue Alice.
Alice's Medicine Show

Alice's Medicine Show

1927
Alice and Julius are in a traveling medicine show, and part of their job is to sell patent medicine to audiences.
Alice the Beach Nut

Alice the Beach Nut

1927
Julius is working as a lifeguard at the beach. Julius had to rescue a swimmer from the water.
Alice's Auto Race

Alice's Auto Race

1927
Alice, Julius and Peter are racing. Julius is on to Pete's tricks, even though Pete tries to cheat by pulling stunts such as changing road signs.
Alice's Three Bad Eggs

Alice's Three Bad Eggs

1927
The Three Bad Eggs and a band of marauding Indians have to be defeated by Alice and Julius.
Alice the Golf Bug

Alice the Golf Bug

1927
Alice, Julius and Pete are playing golf.
The Banker's Daughter

The Banker's Daughter

1927
Oswald was fired from his job as a limousine driver for flirting with his boss' daughter. Oswald came to the rescue of the boss' bank when it was robbed by Pete.
All Wet

All Wet

1927
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.
Trolley Troubles

Trolley Troubles

1927
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit finds the job more difficult than it is worth in his debut short.
Alice at the Rodeo

Alice at the Rodeo

1927
Julius won a bronc-riding contest. Julius must go after Pete to get his prize money back.
The Ocean Hop

The Ocean Hop

1927
Oswald the Rabbit enters an airplane race with a makeshift aircraft and ends up riding a dachshund lifted into the air by balloons. His rival tried to cheat his way to victory.
The Mechanical Cow

The Mechanical Cow

1927
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...
Oh Teacher

Oh Teacher

1927
Oswald's sweetheart is stolen by a schoolyard bully, so he has to fight him during recess to win her back.
Empty Socks

Empty Socks

1927
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was celebrated at Christmas.

1926.

6 Movies
Alice Charms the Fish

Alice Charms the Fish

1926
Alice and Julius go fishing where Alice charms the fish ashore with a tune from her flute.
Alice Cuts the Ice

Alice Cuts the Ice

1926
Julius tries to elope with Alice's maid. Alice gets ahold of a policeman and they give pursuit.
Alice the Lumberjack

Alice the Lumberjack

1926
Pete wants to abduct Alice while she and Julius are lumberjacks.
Alice's Brown Derby

Alice's Brown Derby

1926
Pete tried to cheat to win a horse race while Julius was riding a mechanical horse.
Alice's Spanish Guitar

Alice's Spanish Guitar

1926
Pete became enamored with Alice's guitar playing, so he kidnapped her and imprisoned her in his castle.
Alice the Fire Fighter

Alice the Fire Fighter

1926
When the local hotel is on fire, the firemen, led by Fire Chief Alice, are called in. The cats are helping the residents get out of the building as the fire rages. When a feline tenant gets caught on ...

1925.

2 Movies
Alice Plays Cupid

Alice Plays Cupid

1925
Julius is a lifeguard at the beach and falls in love with a cat. When the two decide to elope, Alice decides to drive the car.
Alice Wins the Derby

Alice Wins the Derby

1925
Alice, Julius, and one other character are in a combined auto/horse race. Julius gets off to a bad start when his car takes off, without him, in the wrong direction; it takes him a while to get it str...

1924.

3 Movies
Alice the Piper

Alice the Piper

1924
When the rats take over the King's bedroom, it's the end of their control in Hamlin. The rats change to $5,000 after he posts a $5 reward. Alice and Julius accept the challenge, but they won't follow ...
Alice Hunting in Africa

Alice Hunting in Africa

1924
Alice and Julius go on a hunting trip in Africa and get different results.
Alice's Day at Sea

Alice's Day at Sea

1924
The trip to the sea inspired Alice to dream of a visit to an underwater world.

1923.

1 Movie
Alice's Wonderland

Alice's Wonderland

1923
Instead of Wonderland, Alice visits the Walt Disney animation room.

1921.

1 Movie
Newman Laugh-O-Grams

Newman Laugh-O-Grams

1921
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