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.
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
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...
Walt Disney Treasures: The Adventures Of Oswald The Lucky Rabbit
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...
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...
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...
Walt Disney's Fables - Vol.6
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...
The Parent Trap
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
The Horse on the Merry-Go-Round
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
Porky and Gabby
The animated story of Tom Thumb
Pinhead is ridiculed by the other boys on the way to the fishing hole.
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
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
A cowardly cat has several adventures involving pugnacious mice.
Old Mother Hubbard
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.
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 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.
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
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...
Animated take on the classic nursery rhyme.
The Brementown Musicians
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
An animated version of the children's story.
The Three Bears
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...
Spring is coming, but Old Man Winter isn't ready to retire for the year.
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.
Willie tells his friend that he was once a cowboy.
The Little Red Hen
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.
Willie Whopper and his dog visit Hell, where they meet some of the notorious members of the damned.
Davy Jones' Locker
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
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
A tailor helps his king, who is in danger from a giant and a swarm of bees.
The Headless Horseman
Early color animated short of an adaptation of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
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
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 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...
Coo Coo the Magician
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.
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 sells the family cow for magic beans which grow a vine into the sky.
Flip has been caught in flagranti with the bullfighter's girlfriend, now he must fight the matador and the even meaner bull.
There was a holdup and an abduction.
Flip and his friends are called out to fight a fire.
The Office Boy
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.
A Flip the Frog cartoon.
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.
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.
"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...
Flip the Frog is a game hunter in Africa. He has an encounter with some cannibals who take him to their king for dinner ...
Flip the Frog finds himself in a house haunted by crazy skeletons.
The New Car
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The Village Smitty
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.
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.
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...
The Village Barber
Flip the Frog works the town barbershop.
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.
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
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). |
As the first snows fall, the Silly Symphonies continue, with squirrels storing nuts and corn, crows stealing it, and the like.
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
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?
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 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.
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
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...
Mickey builds a plane to take Minnie for a trip, inspired by the flight from New York to Paris.
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...
The Opry House
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
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
Mickey Mouse joins a mouse army to battle evil cats.
The demons of hell play music for Satan when an insubordinate refuses to serve him.
Ride 'Em Plow Boy
In a foreshadowing of what was to become a staple of the Mickey shorts, Oswald manages his farm along to a musical beat.
Oswald plays a cowboy who must rescue Sadie from a runaway stagecoach and Pegleg Pete.
Oswald and Pete are hobos and playing checkers on a train.
Africa Before Dark
Oswald is hunting in Africa.
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.
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 ...
Mickey Mouse, piloting a steamboat, delights his passenger, Minnie, by making musical instruments out of the menagerie on the deck.
The Gallopin' Gaucho
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.
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 gets a job teaching football at a local college, where the star quarterback is none other than Julius.
Alice in the Big League
The animals take exception to Alice's bad calls when she umpires a big league baseball game.
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
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 and Julius visit a carnival where they ride the rides and take in the sideshow.
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 in the Alps
Alice and Julius go ice-skating in the Swiss Alps, and later go on a mountain-climbing expedition with Pete.
Alice Foils the Pirates
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 and Julius are in a traveling medicine show, and part of their job is to sell patent medicine to audiences.
Alice the Beach Nut
Julius is working as a lifeguard at the beach. Julius had to rescue a swimmer from the water.
Alice's Auto Race
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
The Three Bad Eggs and a band of marauding Indians have to be defeated by Alice and Julius.
Alice the Golf Bug
Alice, Julius and Pete are playing golf.
The Banker's Daughter
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.
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.
Alice at the Rodeo
Julius won a bronc-riding contest. Julius must go after Pete to get his prize money back.
The Ocean Hop
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
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.
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was celebrated at Christmas.
Alice Charms the Fish
Alice and Julius go fishing where Alice charms the fish ashore with a tune from her flute.
Alice Cuts the Ice
Julius tries to elope with Alice's maid. Alice gets ahold of a policeman and they give pursuit.
Alice the Lumberjack
Pete wants to abduct Alice while she and Julius are lumberjacks.
Alice's Brown Derby
Pete tried to cheat to win a horse race while Julius was riding a mechanical horse.
Alice's Spanish Guitar
Pete became enamored with Alice's guitar playing, so he kidnapped her and imprisoned her in his castle.
Alice the Fire Fighter
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 ...
Alice Plays Cupid
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, 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...
Alice the Piper
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 and Julius go on a hunting trip in Africa and get different results.
Alice's Day at Sea
The trip to the sea inspired Alice to dream of a visit to an underwater world.
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