Floyd Norman

Floyd Norman

Floyd Norman fell in love with animation as a child when he saw the Disney film Dumbo and Bambi.  Initially working as an assistant to Bill Woggon on the Katy Keene comic book, he began working for Walt Disney in 1957 as an inbetweener on Sleeping Beauty. He went on to work on One Hundred and One Dalmatians and The Sword in the Stone. He worked in the story department on The Jungle Book.  After leaving Disney Studios, Norman co-founded Vignette Films and worked on Sesame Street and various Fat Albert projects. Vignette Film produced both animated films as well as films on Black history. He returned to Disney in the 1970s, working on Robin Hood, Toy Story 2, Mulan, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He has written several comics and graphic novels as well.

Norman is the author of several books on animated work, including Faster! Cheaper!: The Flip Side to the Art of Animation, How the Grinch Stole Disney, Disk Drive, and Animated Life. He was named a Disney Legend in 2007 and has won the Winsor McCay Award, a Sergio Award, and Inkpot Award. In 1979, he was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. He received a Legendary Animator Award from the African-American Film Critics Association and a Fritz Freleng Award for Lifetime Achievement for Excellence in Animation. In 2016, he was the subject of the documentary Floyd Norman: An Animated Life.

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Animated Life, Routledge, 2013
How the Grinch Stole Disney, Lancer Creative Services, 2020