Bernhard August (Hardie) Gramatky

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Gramatky was already a well know watercolor painter when he started working in the animation industry. For six years, he worked as an assistant animator and animator on Mickey Mouse animations for Walt Disney.

After leaving Walt Disney Productions in 1936, Gramatky moved to New York and concentrated on commercial art. He was writing and illustrating children books series, including Little Toot, arguably his most successful book, which was animated by Walt Disney as part of Melody Time, Hercules, Loopy, Creepers Jeep and Sparky. He was also producing training films for the United States Army Air Forces during the Second World War.

After the war, he returned to commercial art, illustrating for Fortune, Collier’s and Readers Digest, among others. He also worked on numerous Little Toot’s sequels.


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