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August 3, 2015 9:57 am

Walt Disney Experts Dismiss Claims That Filmmaker Was Antisemitic

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Walt Disney, in 1954. Photo: WikiCommons.

Experts dismissed allegations that Walt Disney was an antisemite. Photo: Wiki Commons.

Walt Disney was a complex figure, both celebrated and condemned, but allegations that he was a rabid antisemite are unproven, Disney experts said.

Talking to TV critics Sunday about PBS’ American Experience September documentary on Disney, composer Richard Sherman (Disney’s Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book) dismissed such lingering criticism outright.

Read full story at the Associated Press.

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  • Steven Kalka

    Walt Disney befriended a former fierce Jewish competitor of his, Max Fleischer. In 1958, Walt created a reunion of Disney and former Fleischer animators, many of whom subsequently worked for
    Disney. Fleischer was the only major animation studio to have been Jewish owned, and created the early Popeye and Betty Boop cartoons.