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..."

Ferdinand Horvath

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"Ferdinand Horvath was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1891. He immigrated to the United States in 1921 and worked at a bunch of odd jobs in New York. He then went into set design and stage effects as well as drawing for magazine publications and book il..."

Jaime Escudero & Carlos Trupp

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"Jaime Escudero was born on June 23, 1914 in Santiago. Juan Carlos Trupp's date of birth is unknown. Escudero met Trupp as architecture students in the 1930s at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in a workshop in Santiago on the streets ..."

Fyodor Khitruk

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"Fyodor Savelyevich Khitruk was born May 1, 1917 in Tver, Russia. He was born into a well-off Jewish family in Russia in the middle of the Russian revolution. After watching Walt Disney Studios’s “Three Little Pigs” in 1933, he was driven toward..."

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..."