Biography: Marc Davis

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Birth/Death

Birth: March 30, 1913 

Death: January 12, 2000

Occupation/Title

Character designer/Animator/Imagineer, Disney

Bio Summary

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.

Filmography

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) (assistant animator) (uncredited) 
Bambi (1942) (animator) (as Fraser Davis)
Victory Through Air Power (1943) (storyboard artist)
African Diary (1945) (animator)
Song of the South (1946) (directing animator)
Fun and Fancy Free (1947) (character animator)
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) (animator)
Cinderella (1950) (animator) (directing animator)
Alice in Wonderland (1951) (directing animator)
Peter Pan (1953) (directing animator)
Adventures in Music: Melody (1953) (animator)
Adventures in Music: Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom (1953) (animator)
Sleeping Beauty (1959) (directing animator)
One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) (directing animator)
The Madcap Adventures of Mr. Toad (1975) (animator)

Honors

Annie Award: Winsor McCay Award 1982
Disney Legend, 1989

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Trevor May

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