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Birth: March 30, 1913
Character designer/Animator/Imagineer, Disney
Began working with Disney on December 2nd 1935, during the production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He developed and animated many of the best-remembered characters, including Thumper from Bambi (1942), Cinderella (1951), Tinker Bell in Peter Pan (1953), Maleficent and Briar Rose in Sleeping Beauty (1959) and Cruella De Vil of 101 Dalmatians (1961). He played a significant role in the development of the story and characters for many of Disneyland’s “E-Ticket” rides, including The Enchanted Tiki Room, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Ford’s Magic Skyway, Carousel of Progress, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Jungle Cruise, America Sings, The Haunted Mansion, “it’s a small world”, Western River Expedition, and the Country Bear Jamboree. He retired in 1978, but remained active with the development of attractions at Florida’s EPCOT Center and Tokyo Disneyland. In 1989, he was named a Disney Legend. He died of a stroke on January 12 2000, after a brief illness.
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He was a member of Walt Disney’s original “Nine Old Men” and was considered one of Disney’s greatest animators.
The Madcap Adventures of Mr. Toad (1975) (animator)
Annie Award: Winsor McCay Award 1982
Disney Legend, 1989
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