Floyd Norman: An Animated Life
2016, Michael Fiore and Erik Sharkey, USA, 94 min.
- Sat, Aug 26th 3:15pm
"As joyful as its subject...irresistibly charming." — Otkay Ehe Kozak, The Playlist
Floyd Norman is a one-man living embodiment of animation history over the last 60 years. Inspired by a childhood screening of DUMBO, he became in 1956 the first African American animator at Disney, where he was mentored by the legendary Nine Old Men, worked under Walt himself, and contributed to such classics as MARY POPPINS and THE JUNGLE BOOK. Departing Disney to co-found an all-black animation company (whose creations included the funky choo-choo that opened "Soul Train"), Norman later worked on Fat Albert and Scooby-Doo for Hanna-Barbera before returning to the Mouse House and Pixar projects such as TOY STORY 2 and MONSTERS, INC. Forced to retire at age 65, he unretired himself by continuing to hang around the studio as a consultant, kibitzer, and mentor to appreciative young animators. This affectionate portrait captures the scope of Norman's achievements and the radiance of the man himself. (MR) FF
Special thanks to Diane & Victor Hoskins and Eleva Singleton for their support in making this memorable event happen.
Saturday, August 26: Film subject Floyd Norman and co-director Michael Fiore are scheduled to appear for audience discussion.