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Catalog Number AV009
Summary Documentary on the Wonder Horse.

This is 12 minutes of a documentary about the Wonder Horse and its inventor. It is a student film to fulfill the requirements of the Certificate in Documentary Studies program at Duke University.

Lisa Sorg:
My great-great uncle, William Baltz, invented the Wonder Horse, which became one of the most popular toys of the twentieth century. Yet when you consider what Uncle Will had to overcome, it’s amazing the horse ever got made. One of fourteen children, he was born in rural Pocahontas, Arkansas. A second-generation German immigrant, he didn’t speak English until he was nine, and he didn’t go to school. He was well into middle age, a carpenter with a problem to solve, when he retreated to his basement workshop and later emerged with an idea that brought joy to millions of children.

Until the early 1990s, the Wonder Horse was built in a small factory in a small town by people whose personal histories were as humble as Uncle Will’s. "That Rockin’ Motion" is the story of a toy and its inventor—how one man’s idea sparked the world’s imagination.

Lisa Sorg is an award-winning journalist and the editor of the Independent Weekly. She sees Wonder Horses everywhere she goes now, most recently in a front yard in Portsmouth, Ohio, and in the film "Winter’s Bone."

Lisa Sorg earned the Certificate in Documentary Arts at the Center for Documentary Studies in December 2010
Subjects Toys
Collection Research Library Collection