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Movie viewer - Walt Disney Movie Viewer

Walt Disney Movie Viewer

  • Object:

    Movie viewer

  • Place of origin:

    England (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1970-1975 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mettoy Ltd (manufacturer)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sheena Masson

  • Museum number:

    B.708:1 to 11-2010

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The first Movie Viewer was made in the USA in 1973 by Fisher Price. The British version was made by the Mettoy company. The viewer used Super 8 film and the actual clips were short pieces from real cartoon films. No technology was required to operate the viewer, not even batteries. The hand crank enabled the operator to view the film at any speed with the ability to go forwards or backwards at will. This particular example was a favourite toy of the donor who played with it during the 1970s.

This particular viewer was a much loved birthday present, the result of persistent pestering on the part of the donor when she was about ten years old.

Place of Origin

England (manufactured)


1970-1975 (manufactured)


Mettoy Ltd (manufacturer)

Object history note

Sheena Masson (born 16/10/1966) was given the viewer as a birthday present in the mid 1970s

Descriptive line

Movie viewer, boxed, 'Walt Disney Movie Viewer', made by Mettoy, England, mid 1970s.


Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys; Caricatures & Cartoons

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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