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Aug 3

Floyd Norman: An Animated Life

Dir. Michael Fiore & Erik Sharkey USA 94 min Not Rated

2017 FilmBuff

A Q&A with Floyd Norman, the film’s subject, will follow.

FLOYD NORMAN: AN ANIMATED LIFE is a journey through the life and career of the “Forrest Gump of animation.” Disney’s first African-American animator, Floyd Norman worked on such classics as SLEEPING BEAUTY and 101 DALMATIANS before being handpicked by Walt Disney to join the story team on THE JUNGLE BOOK. On his 65th birthday, in 2000, Disney forced Floyd to retire after over 40 years on the job. Refusing to leave his home, Floyd “hijacked” a cubicle at Disney Publishing Worldwide, where his wife is employed. He has been there for the last 17 years, unpaid, but picks up freelance work when he can. At 82 he continues to have an impact as both an artist and a mentor on the Disney campus and beyond.

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