Roby students get big response from Disney on movie request

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 Officials at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA took interest in letters dispatched by students in Roby Elementary School teacher Jacquelyn Clark’s reading council.


“The kids loved the book The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John R. Ritter and wanted to see if a studio would make it into a movie,” Clark said.

Armed with pencil and paper, students Chase Tindle, Natalie Grimsley, Tori Thurman, Koner Cox, Keilei Barr, Tori Grant, Yasmin Key, Emily Vice, North McDaniel, Matilyn Goldsmith, Derek McClellon, Christian Curtsinger, Ethan Beichler, Hannah Johnson, Lauren Mohan, Maddie Borden, Kendall Tucker and Courtney Harris wrote to three movie studios requesting such consideration.

There was no response from two of the studios and a big surprise from one.

Clark received a large manila envelope in the mail. Inside were letters from the Walt Disney Company addressed to several of her reading council students.

Each letter was the same with the iconic image of Mickey Mouse. All letters were individually signed by Paralegal Manager Yvonne A. Kubicek and contained the same content…thanks for the interest but the Disney Corporation’s long-established policy does not allow them to accept for review or consideration any ideas, suggestions or creative materials not solicited by the company.

“Students understood that and it was channeled into a good lesson about company policy and copyright laws,” Clark said. “It was very nice that Disney officials took the time to respond.”

Keilei, Tori, Natalie and Chase were thrilled to receive a personalized letter from the studio that gave the world Frozen (the highest grossing animated film of all time) along with such animated classics as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Pinocchio and Beauty and the Beast.

“I screamed with excitement,” Tori said.

“When Mrs. Clark showed us the letters, I couldn’t believe it,” added Natalie.

“It was neat knowing they actually read my letter,” Keilei said.

“My letter is framed in my room at home,” Chase said.

Kubicek’s letter was almost apologetic that the Disney policy does not accept ideas outside the company without solicitation. She even sent several stickers from Frozen.

“I think she knew they’d be disappointed but kids are okay as long as the reason is accompanied by a good explanation,” Clark said.

Books are always good source material for screen or stage adaptation and Clark plans to follow up her reading council with more letters to movie companies next school year.

“It’s a win-win for the students and the studio,” she smiled.