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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