Larry Lansburgh receiving the 1958 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Subject.
Larry Lansburgh receiving the 1958 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Subject.

Lawrence Muzzy Lansburgh (May 18, 1911 in San Francisco, California – March 25, 2001 in Eagle Point, Oregon)[1] was an American producer, director, and screenwriter known for his films featuring animals.


Lansburgh's film career began in the early 1930s, when he performed stunts for Cecil B. DeMille–directed films.[2] After he broke his leg falling off a horse,[3] he took a clerical job at Walt Disney Studios.[3] In this position, he hired Bob Broughton.[4]

He subsequently began participating in production as a cameraman, accompanying Walt Disney on Disney's 1941 tour of South America,[5] and contributing to the productions of Three Caballeros, Saludos Amigos, and So Dear to My Heart.[2] In 1969, he wrote and directed the Disney film Hang Your Hat on the Wind.[6]


Lansburgh's 1957 Wetback Hound won the 1958 Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Live Action),[7] and his 1960 The Horse with the Flying Tail won the 1961 Academy Award for Best Documentary.[8]

In 1998, he received a Disney Legends award.[1]

Lansburgh's film Dawn Flight was preserved by the Academy Film Archive in 2013.[9]

Personal life

Lansburgh was the son of architect G. Albert Lansburgh.[2]

His first wife, Janet Martin,[10] was originally Disney's publicist.[11]

He was a fervent equestrian,[12] and served as a judge at the American Royal Horse Show, where he met his second wife Olive.[13]

He died on his ranch in Eagle Point, Oregon.[14]


  1. ^ a b Larry Lansburgh; Won 2 Academy Awards for His Animal Films, by Myrna Oliver, in the Los Angeles Times; published March 30, 2001; retrieved October 8, 2018
  2. ^ a b c Lawrence M. Lansburgh, by Doug Galloway; in Variety; published April 4, 2001; retrieved October 8, 2018
  3. ^ a b Disney Legends / Larry Lansburgh, at, retrieved October 8. 2018
  4. ^ Disney Legend Bob Broughton Celebrated, by Michael Broggie, in the Carolwood Chronicles: Official Journal of the Carolwood Pacific Historical Society; issue 36 (Spring 2009); retrieved October 8, 2018
  5. ^ Walt’s People –: Talking Disney with the Artists who Knew Him, Volume 11, by Didier Ghez, originally published in South of the Border with Disney, 2009, Walt Disney Family Foundation Press
  6. ^ Hang Your Hat on the Wind, at the British Film Institute; retrieved July 26, 2019
  7. ^ The 30th Academy Awards | 1958, at; retrieved October 8, 2018
  8. ^ The 33rd Academy Awards | 1961, at; retrieved October 8, 2018
  9. ^ "Preserved Projects". Academy Film Archive.
  10. ^ Unrehearsed Cougar 'Steals' TV Scene, by Steven H. Scheur, in the Charleston Gazette, April 23, 1959, p 7
  11. ^ as explained in the 2008 documentary Walt & El Grupo
  12. ^ The Tattooed Police Horse, by Rob Nixon, at Turner Classic Movies magazine; retrieved October 8, 2018
  13. ^ Olive Boyd Beaham Lansburgh, at the Mail Tribune; published April 6, 2017; retrieved October 8, 2018
  14. ^ Larry Lansburgh; Filmmaker, 89 - The New York Times Retrieved 2018-11-28.

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