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On Friday, January 13, 2017, Disney hosted its “Quick Draw” YouTube LIVE series with artist and Disney Legend Floyd Norman. Viewers tuned in live on Disney’s YouTube Channel to see and interacting with this animation legend. To see this amazing interview, click here.
Annie award-winning Norman, 81, recreated, in real time, the very first Mickey Mouse comic, which debuted 87 years ago, on this date. He is the animator behind some of the world’s favorite Disney films, including The Jungle Book, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Mulan among others.
Viewers watching the live YouTube broadcast got a first-hand account from one of Disney’s first artists who worked alongside Walt Disney in the 1950s. Floyd discussed Disney film history and various animation techniques.
Additionally, there was an audience Question and Answer session, where Norman answered questions about animation, his first-hand experience working with Walt, and gave an inside look behind some of Disney’s most-beloved classics and more.
As an added bonus, during the live stream, Norman was behind a desk that was once used by another animator and Disney Legend Floyd Gottredson. The desk is believed to have been the origin of more Mickey Mouse drawings and sketches than any other desk in the world.
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Gottfredson was an animator with The Walt Disney Company from 1929 to 1975. He was the long-time artist of the Mickey Mouse comics and animated the daily strip from January 17, 1932 until October 1, 1975 – the day he retired.
About Floyd Norman
Norman is one of the few artists who has seen the Disney storytelling empire unfold for more than 60 years. He is also one of the premiere African American trailblazers in the animation business and was recently featured in a documentary about his life, Floyd Norman: An Animated Life.
Norman was hired by Walt Disney as an “apprentice inbetweener” on Sleeping Beauty and later brought on to work on other Disney classics such as One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone and The Jungle Book.
He was the last scripter for the Mickey Mouse comic strip. He was named a Disney Legend in 2007. More recently, he was presented the Inkpot Award at Comic-Con International for his work in comics.