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Floyd Norman: An Animated Life (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 26 August 2016 (USA)
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Animator. Storyman. Troublemaker. At 80 years old, see how Disney Legend Floyd Norman, the first African-American animator at Disney, continues to impact animation and stir up "trouble" after the company forced him to retire at age 65.

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Michael Fiore (co-director), Erik Sharkey (co-director)
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Credited cast:
Cosmo Anzilotti Cosmo Anzilotti ... Self
Jane Baer Jane Baer ... Self
Dave Bossert ... Self (as David Bossert)
Suzanne Bothke Suzanne Bothke ... Self
Adrienne Brown-Norman Adrienne Brown-Norman ... Self
Alice Davis ... Self
Dean DeBlois ... Self
Liane Abel Dietz Liane Abel Dietz ... Self
Paul Dini
Joe Ferrara II Joe Ferrara II ... Self
Brent Ford Brent Ford ... Self
Whoopi Goldberg ... Self
Ralph Guggenheim ... Self
Don Hahn ... Self
Kirk Hanson Kirk Hanson ... Self
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Animator. Storyman. Troublemaker. At 80 years old, see how Disney Legend Floyd Norman, the first African-American animator at Disney, continues to impact animation and stir up "trouble" after the company forced him to retire at age 65.

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Animator. Storyman. Troublemaker.


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A Most Unheroic-Seeming Pioneer
21 April 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Floyd Norman was hired by the Walt Disney Company in 1956 as an assistant animator. This is described as the lowest of the low; presumably they no longer hired people to wash the ink and paint out of the cels after the film went out. He was the first African American hired as an artist at Disney. He worked there for ten years, with time out for the Army, contributing to the features, then struck out on his own. Some of the notable pieces of animation he did included the opening sequence to the TV show SOUL TRAIN and the Cosby 'Fat Albert' special and series.

This documentary emphasizes the normality of Mr. Norman. At times, he seems boring. True, he was a pioneering Black animator, and went to Watts to shoot film of the riots in 1965, but the movie emphasizes his business troubles, his wife and children, all the things that occupy the life of millions of Americans. That, I think, is the point of this movie. Norman seems like an average Joe with a decent sense of humor and a real talent for drawing and animation. Pretty nice guy.


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USA

Language:

English

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26 August 2016 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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