Sunday, September 02, 2007

You Never Know Who's Behind the Mouse - Floyd Norman to be named a Disney Legend

According to the official site, the Disney Legends award program was established in 1987 to " ... acknowledge and honor the many individuals whose imagination, talents and dreams have created the Disney magic ... Since its inception, (this) program has honored many gifted animators, Imagineers, songwriters, actors and business leaders as having made a significant impact on the Disney legacy."

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An animation industry legend, Floyd Norman worked on the Walt Disney animated features Sleeping Beauty, The Sword in the Stone and The Jungle Book along with various animated short projects at Disney in the late 50's and early 60's. He and business partner animator/director Leo Sullivan co-founded the AfroKids animation studio in 1966.

In recent years he has contributed creatively as a story artist on films such as Toy Story 2 and Monsters,Inc. for Pixar and Mulan and The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Walt Disney Animation.

In one of his columns on the Jim Hill Media site, He laughs at how he was described as as "The lone Negro" by former screenwriter Charles Shows in his memoir of his time at Disney entitled "Walt."

You can find his books 'Faster! Cheaper!' , 'Son of Faster, Cheaper!' , and 'How The Grinch Stole Disney' - collections o cartoons inspired by his lifetime of experiences in the animation industry on the AfroKids web site. He is also a regular columnist on the Jim Hill Media website.

1 comment:

rosie horner said...

This is really informative. I am a lover of animation and really proud to know of his accomplishments.
My hubby is a fine artist and I am going to share this post with him.
Thanks and keep up the great work!!