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Also Known As: Died: December 20, 1980
Born: November 4, 1895 Cause of Death: Unknown
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Director (feature film)

Dumbo (1941) as Supv dir
The stork delivers a baby elephant to Mrs Jumbo, veteran of the circus, but the newborn is ridiculed because of his truly enormous ears and dubbed "Dumbo". Dumbo is relegated to the circus' clown acts; it is up to his only friend, a mouse, to assist Dumbo to achieve his full potential.
Pinocchio (1940) as Supv dir
Inventor Gepetto creates a wooden marionette called Pinocchio. His wish that Pinocchio be a real boy is unexpectedly granted by a fairy. The fairy assigns Jiminy Cricket to act as Pinocchio's "conscience" and keep him out of trouble. Jiminy is not too successful in this endeavor and most of the film is spent with Pinocchio deep in trouble.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) as Seq dir
From the old fairy tale, a jealous queen attempts to get rid of her beautiful step-daughter, Snow White, who takes refuge with seven dwarfs in their forest home. The queen changes into a witch and tempts Snow White with a poisoned apple which puts her into an everlasting sleep, until a prince finds her in a glass coffin and awakens her with Love's First Kiss.

Producer (feature film)

Best of Walt Disney's True-Life Adventures, The (1975) as Producer
A compilation of some of Walt Disney's live action shorts. Included are "Seal Island" (1949) which was filmed in Alaska by Alfred and Elma Milotte, "Beaver Valley" (1950), "Nature's Half Acre" (1951), and "Water Birds" (1952).
White Wilderness (1958) as Producer
Walt Disney''s photographers capture the wildlife of the Arctic.
Secrets of Life (1956) as Producer
Documentary footage highlights the ways plant and animal life deal with change.
The African Lion (1955) as Associate Producer
Documentary about the lifestyle and habitat of the title subject.
The Vanishing Prairie (1954) as Associate Producer
Story of the American Prairie as it was when vast herds of bison and elk grazed.
The Living Desert (1953) as Associate Producer
Documentary of the live of flora and fauna in a desert in the US.
Alice in Wonderland (1951) as Prod supv
Disney version of Lewis Carroll's Children's story. Alice becomes bored and her mind starts to wander. She sees a white rabbit who appears to be in a hurry. She chases it into its burrow and then a most bizarre series of adventures begins.
Cinderella (1950) as Prod supv
Retelling of the fairy tale of the same name. Cinderella, adopted daughter of an upper-class lady, is mistreated in her own home. While her mother and ugly stepsisters are out at the royal ball she gets a surprise visit from a friend.
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) as Prod supv
Animation brings to life "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and The Wind in the Willows.
Melody Time (1948) as Prod supv
Segments: "Once Upon a Wintertime," two lovers recued from an icy river by friendly animals; "Bumble Boogie," bee beset by musical instruments and symbols come to life; "Johnny Appleseed," story of the legendary pioneer tree-planter; "Trees," mood piece set to musical treatment of Joyce Kilmer's poem; "Little Toot," story of a heroic little tugboat who saves an ocean liner; "Blame it on the Samba," Donald Duck and Jose Carioca have the blues blown away at a Latin cafe; "Pecos Bill," story of the legendary cowpoke, his trusty mount Widowmaker and his sweetheart Slue Foot Sue.
Fun and Fancy Free (1947) as Prod supv
Disney version of fairy tale "Jack and the Beanstalk", featuring Mickey, Donald and Goofy in the main roles. Also contains another short film, re-released as "Bongo"
Fantasia (1942) as Prod supv
Disney animators set pictures to classical music as Leopold Stokowski conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra. "The Sorceror's Apprentice" features Mickey Mouse as an aspiring magician who oversteps his limits. "The Rite of Spring" tells the story of evolution, from single-celled animals to the death of the dinosaurs. "Dance of the Hours" is a comic ballet performed by ostriches, hippos, elephants and alligators. "Night on Bald Mountain" and "Ave Maria" set the forces of darkness and light against each other as a devilish revel is interrupted by the coming of a new day.

Animation (feature film)

Hollywood Party (1934) as Animation
A movie star's gala celebration creates chaos.

Film Production - Main (feature film)

Fantasia 2000 (1999) as Production Supervisor ("The Sorcerer'S Apprentice")
Walt Disney's dream of creating a "concert film" with a perpetually changing musical repertoire is at last realized with the debut of the animated extravaganza, "Fantasia/2000." The film introduces seven spectacular new animated sequences set to the music of the masters and spotlights the return of

Director (short)

Polar Trappers (1938)
Donald and Goofy are trappers in Antarctica with different approaches.
Hawaiian Holiday (1937)
Mickey Mouse and his friends barely survive a Hawaiian vacation.
Clock Cleaners (1937)
Mickey, Donald and Goofy try to clean a towering clock whose workings seem to conspire against them.
On Ice (1935)
Mickey shows off his ice-skating skills to Minnie while Goofy does some unconventional ice fishing.

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