I know, I know... Its January. However, it's Martin Luther King Day and I thought i'd get a head start.
Usually, animators talk about how black characters are portrayed in television and movies. I'm sure this is going to happen again this year in the Cafe.
I wanted to start a thread about black animators. Instead of talking about how the industry is mostly white or asian and how you can count the black animators on your fingers and toes... I'd like to talk about some noteworthy black animators that are part of black history and animation history.
Frank Braxton was animation's FIRST black animator. He started at Warner Bros. and went on to direct shows like George of the Jungle and The Bullwinkle Show.
Floyd Norman was an animator on Disney's Sleeping Beauty and an artist for The Jungle Book.
Dan Haskett is one of my idols. This fantastic artist designed Belle for Beauty and the Beast and Ariel for The Little Mermaid, and has worked on The Simpsons, Sesame Street, Toy Story and Prince of Egypt.
And of course, everyone knows Bruce Smith. I was told that he is the FIRST black supervising animator for Disney. He supervised Kerchek on Tarzan, Pacha on Emperor's New Groove and Pearl on Home on the Range. Most folks know him as the guy responsible for "The Proud Family" on Disney Channel.
Is there someone you guys would like to recognize? Please do it here.
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