Character Designers

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  • Richard Bickenbach

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    "Richard Bickenbach was born in Indiana August 9 1907. He moved to Los Angeles California during the 1930’s where he became a longtime animator for Hanna-Barbara. Spending the first years of his animation career (the 1930s, 1940s) working as a layou..."

    Marc Davis

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    "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 P..."

    Andreas Deja

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    "Deja has worked in Disney more than two decades. He was always a fan of Disney since he was little. He wanted to become an animator in Disney studio when he saw Jungle Book at 10 years old. Then he went to art school to study graphic design and human..."

    Pete Emslie

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    "Following school, freelanced as a cartoonist including regular work for newspaper, The Ottawa Citizen from 1978 to 1984. Moved to Toronto in 1984 to work for Disney Canada Consumer Products, illustrating Disney characters for various merchandise. Rel..."

    Vance Gerry

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    "For half a century, Vance Gerry was one of Disney’s most integral employees. In 1955, he was hired as an assistant in-betweener, then was promoted to layout artist, and later worked in story developed in the 1960s. His artistic range broadened duri..."

    Bob Givens

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    "“I went to Chouinard, mostly nights, and then I went to Bistram School, New York Art Students League and Jepson in Los Angeles. Quite a bit of art training then and over the years…Drawing is the basis of all this business. You can’t get too muc..."

    Joe Grant

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    "Born in New York, Grant worked for The Walt Disney Company as a character designer and story artist starting in 1933, leaving in 1949 to start his own ceramics and greeting card company. In..."

    Ward Walrath Kimball

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    "Ward Kimball was a prolific animator for Walt Disney, part of the earliest team of core animators known as "Disney's Nine Old Men." While extremely influential, his importance in the early days of Disney has meant that biographers have encountered se..."

    Robert Fred “Freddie” Moore

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    "Freddie Moore was a highly influential animator with Walt Disney Productions in a crucial era of its development during the 30s, up until the production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937) and the establishment of the core group of animators k..."