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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Cotton Warburton - my 109th pick as a Disney Legend

Cotton Warburton, my 109th pick to be named a Disney Legend, was an American college football quarterback (1933) who became a film and television editor with sixty feature film credits. By 1956 Warburton was an editor for the Walt Disney Studios, where he remained for the rest of his career. His first Disney film credit was Westward Ho, the Wagons! (1956). About 1960, he began a fruitful collaboration on feature films with Disney director and legend Robert Stevenson. Their first film was The Absent-Minded Professor (1961). Warburton won an Academy Award and the American Cinema Editors Eddie Award for the "spectacularly successful" Mary Poppins (1964), which also earned Stevenson an Oscar nomination as best director. Critic Drew Casper particularly notes Warburton's editing of the film's "chimney pot" musical sequence. In total, Stevenson and Warburton collaborated on nine films in the 1960s and 1970s; their last film together was Herbie Rides Again (1974). Warburton retired from editing after The Cat from Outer Space (1978), a Disney film directed by Norman Tokar.

Other films Warburton edited are:  Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, Freaky Friday, No Deposit, No Return, The Strongest Man in the World, The Castaway Cowboy, The World's Greatest Athlete, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Now You See Him, Now You Don't, The Computer Who Wore Tennis Shoes, Scandalous John, The Love Bug, The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, The Happiest Millionaire, Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N., That Darn Cat!, The Monkey's Uncle, Emil and the Detectives, The Misadventures of Merlin Jones, Son of Flubber, Ten Who Dared, Miracle of the White Stallions, Moon Pilot, Bon Voyage!, Zorro the Avenger and numerous Zorro television shows.

In addition he was the editor for 22 episodes of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color.

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