Posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
Back in 1956, Floyd Norman became the first African-American animator hired by Disney. But in his mind, he was just an artist looking for a job. Having worked on classics such as Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians and The Jungle Book, Norman is a veteran of the animation industry who spent his glory days at the studio, even making the jump from 2D animation to Pixar Animation to work on Toy Story 2 and Monsters Inc., something that animators usually don’t do.
However, Norman’s time as a Disney legend came to an end in 2000 when he was unceremoniously fired from the studio at 65 years old. It’s largely believed that he was let go due to ageism, but Norman wasn’t ready to leave yet, choosing to take over a cubicle in an unpaid position at Disney Publishing. Now a new documentary, Floyd Norman: An Animated Life, tells the story of his life, career and occasional troublemaking ways.
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