an animated life
“This kid's good... and he's only 79 years old.“ Floyd Norman is one of those artists whose work was basically seen by everyone - still his name just is a familiar one amongst those who actually deal with animation a lot.
Norman - or the Forrest Gump of animation, as some tend to call him - was the first African-American who was hired by Disney, and he worked on classics such as “The Jungle Book“ and “101 Dalmatians“. After Disney died he moved on to co-found Vignette Films, Inc., which was one of the first companies to produce films on black history. Later in his career, he found himself back at Pixar where he worked on films like “Toy Story 2“ and “Monsters, Inc.“. Filmmakers Michael Fiore and Erik Sharkey now did a loving portrait of the artist/animator, and you can check the trailer out below.