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Ben Sharpsteen (1895–1980)

Ben Sharpsteen was born on November 4, 1895 in Tacoma, Washington, USA as Benjamin Luther Sharpsteen. He is known for his work on Dumbo (1941), Pinocchio (1940) and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). He died on December 20, 1980 in Santa Rosa, California, USA. See full bio »

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Dumbo Director
Pinocchio Director
Ama Girls Director


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 1991 Lifestyles of the Rich and Animated (TV Movie) (segments "Moving Day", "Mickey's Trailer", uncredited)
 1987 DTV Monster Hits (TV Movie) (original material)
 1987 DTV 'Doggone' Valentine (TV Movie) (original material)
 1984 DTV: Golden Oldies (Video) (original material)
 1984 DTV: Pop & Rock (Video) (original material)
 1984 DTV: Rock, Rhythm & Blues (Video) (original material)
 1982 A Walt Disney Christmas (Video) (original material)
 1980 Mickey Mouse Disco (Short)
 1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (earlier cartoon clips, uncredited)
 1973 Walt Disney's 50th Anniversary Show (TV Movie) (original material)
 1968 Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (Short) (earlier cartoon clips, uncredited)
  The Magical World of Disney (TV Series) (2 episodes, 1955 - 1960) (sequence director - 1 episode, 1964)
- Mediterranean Cruise (1964) ... (sequence director)
- Escape to Paradise/Water Birds (1960) ... (segment ": "Water Birds")
- Dumbo (1955)
 1960 Islands of the Sea (Documentary short) (uncredited)
 1960 Goliath II (Short) (earlier cartoon clips, uncredited)
 1959 Donald in Mathmagic Land (Short) (earlier cartoon clips, uncredited)
 1959 Nature's Strangest Creatures (Short documentary) (uncredited)
 1958 Ama Girls (Documentary short)
 1957 Lapland (Documentary short)
 1957 You and the Living Machine (Short) (earlier cartoon clips, uncredited)
 1956 Samoa (Documentary short)
 1956 Sardinia (Documentary short)
 1955 Switzerland (Documentary short)
 1953 Canvas Back Duck (Short) (earlier cartoon clips, uncredited)
 1952 Water Birds (Documentary short)
 1952 Father's Lion (Short) (earlier cartoon clips, uncredited)
 1945 Hockey Homicide (Short) (earlier cartoon clips, uncredited)
 1945 Californy er Bust (Short) (earlier cartoon clips, uncredited)
 1945 The Eyes Have It (Short) (earlier cartoon clips, uncredited)
 1943 Figaro and Cleo (Short) (earlier cartoon clips, uncredited)
 1942 Der Fuehrer's Face (Short) (earlier cartoon clips, uncredited)
 1942 The Olympic Champ (Short) (earlier cartoon clips, uncredited)
 1942 The New Spirit (Documentary short) (uncredited)
 1942 All Together (Short) (earlier cartoon clips, uncredited)
 1941 Dumbo (supervising director)
 1940 Fantasia (: in most releases - segment "Meet the Soundtrack", uncredited)
 1940 Pinocchio (supervising director)
 1938 The Fox Hunt (Short)
 1938 Polar Trappers (Short) (uncredited)
 1938 Mickey's Trailer (Short) (uncredited)
 1938 Boat Builders (Short) (uncredited)
 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (sequence director)
 1937 Pluto's Quin-puplets (Short) (uncredited)
 1937 Clock Cleaners (Short) (uncredited)
 1937 Hawaiian Holiday (Short) (uncredited)
 1937 Moose Hunters (Short) (uncredited)
 1937 Don Donald (Short) (uncredited)
 1937 The Worm Turns (Short)
 1936 Donald and Pluto (Short) (uncredited)
 1936 Mickey's Circus (Short) (uncredited)
 1936 Moving Day (Short) (uncredited)
 1936 Orphans' Picnic (Short) (uncredited)
 1935 Broken Toys (Short) (uncredited)
 1935 Cock o' the Walk (Short)
 1935 On Ice (Short) (uncredited)
 1935 Mickey's Fire Brigade (Short) (uncredited)
 1935 The Cookie Carnival (Short) (uncredited)
 1935 Mickey's Service Station (Short) (uncredited)
 1934 Two-Gun Mickey (Short) (uncredited)
 1920 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Zip (Short)
 1920 The Village Blacksmith (Short)
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5' 8" (1.73 m)

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Pioneer animator. Early on, he worked as an inker for Hearst International. He subsequently enjoyed tenures at various animation studios, including Fleischer and Paramount before settling at Disney where he remained for 33 years (retiring in 1962), having assumed the role of animation director and supervisor. He was involved with the Disney TV series from 1954 and received much acclaim for his ... See more »

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