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Roger Ebert

There's So Much of Walt Disney in Mickey Mouse: Floyd Norman on Mickey: The Story of a Mouse

Disney legend Floyd Norman is an artist and animator whose career on films like “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Jungle Book,” and “Toy Story 2” merited his own documentary in 2016 ("Floyd Norman: An Animated Life"). He appears in “Mickey: The Story of a Mouse,” a Disney+ film about the iconic character. In an interview, Norman discussed his first exposure to Mickey Mouse and his favorite of Mickey’s appearances over his near-century on screen, stage, in personal appearances, and as every possible consumer product.
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Roger Ebert

Living Legend Floyd Norman: An Animated Life Now Available on the Criterion Channel

I don't go all "Fan Girl" over many people, but when I met Floyd Norman, I geeked out. He is truly a Living Legend. Michael Fiore and Erik Sharkey's 2016 documentary, "Floyd Norman: An Animated Life," explores the extraordinary legacy of its titular subject, the first Black animator to be hired by Disney. Since February 7th, the film is now available to stream on the Criterion Channel, along with a selection of short films made by Vignette Films, Inc., one of the first Black-owned production companies in Hollywood that was created by Norman along with Leo Sullivan, Norman Edelen and Richard Allen.
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Bruce Dern, Piper Laurie, Floyd Norman to Be Honored at TCM Classic Film Festival

Oscar-nominated actors Bruce Dern and Piper Laurie and pioneering animator Floyd Norman will be feted during the 13th annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood next month, it was announced Wednesday. Also unveiled: poolside screenings at the Hollywood Roosevelt of Richard Fleischer’s Soylent Green (1973) — actress Leigh Taylor-Young, 77, will be there for the sci-fi film that’s set in the year 2022 — Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) and the Elvis Presley classic Blue Hawaii (1961).More from The Hollywood Reporter'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' to Open the 2022 TCM Classic Film FestivalTCM Classic Film Festival Plans a Return With Fans in...
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Floyd Norman, Disney's first Black animator, still going strong at 86

CHICAGO -- We continue to celebrate Black History month, with the legendary Floyd Norman, Disney's first Black animator. He's been making magic for over six decades, from "Sleeping Beauty" to "Mulan" and the "Toy Story" franchise. And at 86, he's still going strong. "I've been an animator, a layout artist,...