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Also Known As: Died: March 4, 1992
Born: September 28, 1907 Cause of Death: kidney failure
Birth Place: Omaha, Nebraska, USA Profession: Animation ...
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Studied the writings of Freud as a youth in hopes of becoming a psychiatrist
1924:
Turned to commercial art at age 17 when his parents were unable to afford medical school 9date approximate)
1929:
Worked on some of the earliest sound cartoons at Paul Terry's Terrytoons studio in Long Island NY
1932:
Went to California to work for Walt Disney for $35 a week
1933:
Helped animate the Practical Pig and the Big Bad Wolf in Disney's classic Oscar-winning cartoon short, "The Three Little Pigs"
1934:
Assigned to a Mickey Mouse short, "Mickey's Service Station", to animate "The Goof", a previously undeveloped character that soon become known as "Goofy"
1934:
Wrote "Character Analysis of the Goof", an essay used as a guide by his fellow animators when working on Goofy (now regarded as a classic text on character animation)
1937:
Animated the Wicked Queen in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", the first Disney feature
1940:
Animated the character of Gepetto in "Pinocchio"
1940:
Contributed to several sequences in "Fantasia", most notably animating the dance of the mushrooms sequence to the music of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite"
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Was active as a leader in the company union at the Disney studio.
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Confronted Walt Disney over a wage differential between himself and his assistant
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Became active in new Screen Cartoonists Guild, recognized as the studio's bargaining agent following federal mediation
1941:
Fired by Disney in direct violation of the Wagner Labor Relations Act thereby prompting the union to go out on strike (May 29)
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Served in the US Marines as an animator on training films during World War II
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Filed suit against Disney with the National Labor Relations Board, which subsequently ordered the studio to reinstate him
1945:
Returned to Disney studio after the war but no longer received interesting assignments; snubbed by Walt and some other animators
1946:
Left the Disney studio
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Worked for the Warner Brothers animation unit
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Worked at the innovative UPA (United Productions of America) studio
1949:
Assisted on the first Mr. Magoo cartoon, "Ragtime Bear"
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Won more than 80 awards for independent TV commercials in the 1950s and 1960s
1966:
Served as director of the commercial department at Hanna-Barbera
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Worked on John and Faith Hubley's TV special "Everybody Rides the Carousel"
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Taught animation at the University of Southern California
1973:
Brought to England by animator Richard Williams for master classes in animation at Williams' London studio
1992:
Worked on "The Thief and the Cobbler", scheduled for release in late 1992

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