A skeletal version of Andrae's list was originally published in Barrier's
Carl Barks and the Art of the Comic Book
"Story director" indicates that Barks was the story director on a cartoon. The director was generally the most experienced storyman in a unit, and the one who explained a storyboard to Walt Disney; otherwise, his title was nominal.
"Story crew" indicates that Barks was identified as a member of the story crew, technically subordinate to a story director although as Barks and other former Disney story men have said, such distinctions were not much honored at the time.
In some cases, Barks's role in the work on a story is specified in an outline
that was distributed throughout the studio before work on the story was
completed; copies of such outlines have been preserved in the Disney Archives.
Barrier lists Barks' title on ten of the cartoons, relying on these
Andrae's Barks titles are taken from the flyleaves of bound volumes of storyboard drawings from the finished cartoons, preserved in the Disney Archives.
The "Preface" of Barrier's book mentions that while Barks was with Jack Hannah, Barks had the title of story director
Curiously, the bound volumes do not credit Barks at all on «The Hockey Champ» or «Donald's Cousin Gus» - two cartoons for which he drew most of the
Since a cartoon could be in production for over a year, there may be a
considerable difference between the release date and the time Barks actually
worked on it. Typically, a year or more would elapse between the circulation
of an outline and the release of the finished cartoon; for example, the
outline for «Sea Scouts» was distributed on
An asterisk after a cartoon's title indicates that Barks drew many or most of the storyboards for that film.
Also noted are scripts Barks wrote and story meetings he attended in conjunction with his work on such films. Since a story would often be scrapped before other gag men had a chance to work on it, the surviving art of unproduced cartoons shows Barks' animation work in its most undiluted form. It is closer to his personal vision than the produced cartoons, which were a collaboration of many hands.
The files for Barks' unproduced cartoons also contain the story conference transcripts on his work that have survived. They offer a valuable record of Barks' working methods and his interaction with Walt Disney.
A shorter, preliminary version of Andrae's list was originally published in
Barrier's Carl Barks and the Art of the Comic Book
Barrier mentions that the Disney Archives has material - sketches, outlines, gag suggestions, or story meeting notes - matching all of these titles except «Salesman», and has an outline with Barks' name on it and sketches for a cartoon that was to have been titled «Donald Munchausen».
Where ascertainable, dates are provided for the period Barks worked on a particular production. An asterisk indicates that he drew many or most of the storyboards for a proposed cartoon.
(In general, more than 600 cartoon features and short films were abandoned during the Walt Disney Studio's first 60 years.)