Wolfgang Reitherman (1909–1985)


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Wolfgang Reitherman was a German-born American animator who was one of Disney's Nine Old Men. He began working for Disney in 1933, along with future Disney legends Ward Kimball and Milt Kahl. The three worked together on a number of classic Disney shorts. Reitherman directed several Disney animated feature films including: One Hundred and One ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 75) in Burbank, California, USA

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins. See more awards »

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Known For

The Aristocats Director
(1970)
(1963)
The Jungle Book Director
(1967)
Sleeping Beauty Animation Department
(1959)

Filmography

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 1991 Lifestyles of the Rich and Animated (TV Movie) (animator - segment "Moving Day", uncredited)
 1985 Adventures of the Gummi Bears (TV Series) (animator - 13 episodes)
- Light Makes Right (1985) ... (animator - uncredited)
- Bubble Trouble/Gummi in a Strange Land (1985) ... (animator - uncredited)
- What You See Is Me/Toadie's Wild Ride (1985) ... (animator - uncredited)
- Sweet and Sour Gruffi/Duel of the Wizards (1985) ... (animator - uncredited)
- The Secret of the Juice (1985) ... (animator - uncredited)
 1985 The Wuzzles (TV Series) (animator - 13 episodes)
- What's Up, Stox? (1985) ... (animator - uncredited)
- Class Dismissed (1985) ... (animator - uncredited)
- The Main Course (1985) ... (animator - uncredited)
- A Pest of a Pet (1985) ... (animator - uncredited)
- Ghostrustlers (1985) ... (animator - uncredited)
 1980 Mickey Mouse Disco (Short) (animator)
 1955-1979 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series) (animator - 6 episodes)
- Baseball Fever (1979) ... (animator)
- How the West Was Lost (1967) ... (animator)
- In Shape with Von Drake (1964) ... (animator)
- The Liberty Story (1957) ... (animator)
- Our Unsung Villains (1956) ... (animator)
 1964 The Flintstones (TV Series) (animator - 1 episode)
- The Gruesomes (1964) ... (animator - uncredited)
 1959 Sleeping Beauty (sequence director)
 1955 A World is Born (Documentary short) (animation supervisor - uncredited)
 1955 Lady and the Tramp (directing animator)
 1954 Grand Canyonscope (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1953 Ben and Me (Short) (animator)
 1953 Peter Pan (directing animator: "The Crocodile")
 1952 Two Gun Goofy (Short) (animator)
 1951 Alice in Wonderland (directing animator)
 1951 Cold War (Short) (animation)
 1950 How to Ride a Horse (Short) (animator)
 1950 Cinderella (directing animator)
 1949 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Short) (animator)
 1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (directing animator)
 1949 The Wind in the Willows (Short) (character animator)
 1949 Goofy Gymnastics (Short) (animator)
 1949 Tennis Racquet (Short) (animator)
 1947 Fun and Fancy Free (directing animator: Goofy, Mickey and Donald: Starvation sequence)
 1947 Mickey and the Beanstalk (Short) (animator)
 1945 Tuberculosis (Documentary short) (animator - uncredited)
 1944 How to Play Golf (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1943 El Gaucho Goofy (Short) (animator)
 1942 How to Fish (Short) (animator)
 1942 How to Swim (Short) (animator)
 1942 The Vanishing Private (Short) (animator)
 1942 Saludos Amigos (Short) (animator - as Wooly Reitherman)
 1942 Bambi (supervising animator - uncredited)
 1941 The Art of Skiing (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1941 Dumbo (animation director - as Woolie Reitherman)
 1941/I The Reluctant Dragon (animator)
 1940 Goofy's Glider (Short) (animator)
 1940 Fantasia (animation supervisor - segment "Rite of Spring")
 1940 Pinocchio (animation director - as Woolie Reitherman)
 1939 Donald's Cousin Gus (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1939 Goofy and Wilbur (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1938 Polar Trappers (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1938 Donald's Nephews (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (animator - as Woolie Reitherman)
 1937 Clock Cleaners (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1937 Hawaiian Holiday (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1937 The Worm Turns (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1936 Moving Day (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1936 Elmer Elephant (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1935 Broken Toys (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1935 Cock o' the Walk (Short) (animator)
 1935 Music Land (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1935 Mickey's Fire Brigade (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1935 Water Babies (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1935 Mickey's Service Station (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1935 The Band Concert (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1934 Two-Gun Mickey (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1934 The Goddess of Spring (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1934 Servants' Entrance (animator - uncredited)
 1934 The Wise Little Hen (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1934 Funny Little Bunnies (Short) (animator - uncredited)
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Personal Details

Alternate Names:

'Woolie' Reitherman | Woolie Reitherman | Wooly Reitherman

Spouse:

Janie McMillan  (his death)  (3 children)

Children:

Richard Reitherman
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on his approach to animating fight scenes] There's that moment where the two adversaries face each other and hopefully you didn't know what was going to happen. See more »

Trivia:

Retired from Walt Disney Productions in 1981. See more »

Trademark:

Known for "re-using" animation from older films and placing them in newer films (for example animation of Snow White dancing with the Dwarfs in Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937) was reused for animation of Maid Marion dancing with Otto the Blacksmith in Robin Hood (1973)) See more »

Nickname:

Woolie

Star Sign:

Cancer

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