Good afternoon! This day in Disney history September 3rd, 1905: Eric Larson (one of Walt's "Nine Old Men" was born in Cleveland, Utah.
Larson was an animator for Disney and created animals such as Figaro, the cat in Pinocchio, the Pegasuses in Fantasia, Friend Owl in Bambi, Sasha the bird in Make Mine Music,Peg in Lady and the Tramp, and the vultures in the Jungle Book but his best work includes humans such as Cinderella and the boy and girl in the Once Upon a Wintertime sequence in Melody Time.
A super cute story: Larson started working for disney as an inbetweener at age 27 in 1933 shortly after marrying Gertrude Jannes. Larson first saw Gertrude through a window while working as a commercial artist in LA, after seeing her he immediately told the person sitting next to him: "that's the girl I'm going to marry." AWE! You don't hear things like that very often these days!
For the last 16 years of Larson's career with Disney he worked pretty much exclusively on running the recruitment and training program at the studios and was very successful at finding talent (honorees: Mark Henn, Andreas Deja, Duncan Marjoribanks, Ruben Aquino, Dave Pruiksma, Tony deRosa, Will Finn, Ellen Woodbury, Dale Baer, John Pomeroy, and Kathy Zielinski all either went through Larson’s training program or were hired during his time as head of the training program.)
Larson retired from Disney in September 1986 after he finished working on The Great Mouse Detective and passed away two years later.
To watch a few videos with great info about Eric Larsons life and his history with Disney: Part 1:
Such an amazing man! His legacy continues today within so many wonderful Disney movies!
Thanks for reading and watching! My apologies for being tardy today. Today was our 1st day at online 3rd grade homeschool and I've been swamped! Hoping we'll get better at all of this as time goes on. Hope you all had a terrific Tuesday!
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