Ub Iwerks co-created Mickey Mouse with Walt Disney in 1928. The Disney Legend and Oscar nominee helped revolutionize Disney film and animation, though the public knows little about his career. Walt Disney’s Ultimate Inventor: The Genius of Ub Iwerks, which son and author Don discusses today, is an exhaustive look at Iwerks’ life and relationship with Disney, first as friends in Kansas City and then as partners at Walt Disney Studios. (Iwerks even ran his own animation studio for a time, but later returned to working with Disney.) Don, a former Disney executive, includes in the book photographs, story sketches and movie posters. He also pays particular tribute to his father’s mechanical inventions in special effects, such as cameras and printers, as well as his work on several Disneyland attractions, namely Pirates of the Caribbean, It’s a Small World and the Haunted Mansion.

Gallery Nucleus, 210 E. Main St., Alhambra; Sat., Dec. 21, 1-4 p.m.; free. (626) 458-7482, gallerynucleus.com.


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