Wednesday, February 26, 2014

They Made the Magic: Merrill de Maris

Merrill de Maris was born in New Jersey on February 26, 1898.  De Maris was a member of the story adaptation team on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  De Maris is also mentioned the The Disney That Never Was, by Charles Solomn, as working with Ted Sears in 1936 on a Silly Symphony based the the Hans Christian Andersen story "The Emperor's New Clothes."

From December 14, 1937 until late April of 1938, de Maris and artist Hank Porter took over the Silly Symphony newspaper comic strip with stories of Snow White.  This strip included the Queen capturing the Prince and locking him up, Snow White built a scarecrow type representation of the prince and named him "Prince Buckethead," and the Huntsman is addressed as Humbert (the name Walt had suggested).  You can see the full comic strip on Michael Sporn Animation site.  De Maris continued working on comic strips working with Floyd Gottfredson on Mickey Mouse and Carl Barks on Donald Duck.

He died December 31, 1948 in Escondido, California.

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