Ken Annakin Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Ken Annakin

Interviewed by: Randal Kleiser

Born in England, Ken Annakin worked as a salesman and journalist, traveling to New Zealand and America where he developed an interest in film. Joining the British Army during World War II, Annakin was injured by a German raid on his way to fighting in Malta, and found himself working for the Ministry of Information directing educational documentary shorts for the British public.

Ken Annakin recounts working with Darryl Zanuck on The Longest Day and what happened when a landing craft door opened and spilled his actors into the sea.

Annakin describes his working relationship with Walt Disney while conceptualizing Swiss Family Robinson.

He recalls the scale of production on Swiss Family Robinson and how his actors worked with a real anaconda.