On July 19th and 20th 1952 there were multiple sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) in the Washington, DC area.
The deep levels of the bureaucracy took the situation seriously, even though it was played down in public. Commander Randall Boyd of Air Intelligence went so far as to privately say it was not entirely impossible that the objects might be from another planet.
By December 2, 1952, CIA assistant director H. Marshall Chadwell had prepared a list of recommendations for the National Security Council (NSC). From these recommendations was born the Robertson Panel. A crack team of scientists, technicians, intel spooks, and military people concluded the real concern was that the UFO subject could be used by foreign powers to psychologically manipulate the American public. In defense against such a psychological enemy attack, the Robertson Panel recommended “a public education campaign should be undertaken” on UFO matters.
The Panel offered suggestions for who might be enlisted into the mass communications public “education” campaign. Among the names suggested were Arthur Godfrey, the Jam Handy Company, and Walt Disney, Inc.
Ward Kimball, a valued member of the Walt Disney team, had developed animations of the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter. In 1979, Kimball revealed that Disney had been working not only with the CIA on the UFO subject, but with the Air Force as well. “The [Walt Disney] studio began work on the requested UFO documentary; animators were asked to imagine what an alien would look like; while Walt Disney himself eagerly waited for the Air Force to deliver [a] promised film of actual UFOs.”
(Source: “Walt Disney and the CIA: A Secret Connection”. From, Secret History, by Nick Redfern. Canton, MI: Visible Ink Press, 2015.)