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