Don Patterson (animator)

Don Patterson (December 26, 1909 – December 12, 1998) was an American producer, animator, and director who worked at various studios during the Golden age of American animation, including Disney, the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio, Walter Lantz Productions, and Hanna-Barbera. He was the older brother of animator Ray Patterson.

Don Patterson
Born(1909-12-26)December 26, 1909
DiedDecember 12, 1998(1998-12-12) (aged 88)
EmployerWalt Disney Animation Studios (1935-1947)
MGM (1947-1951)
Walter Lantz Productions (1950-1960)
Hanna-Barbera (1960-1989)
DePatie-Freleng Enterprises (1963-1981)

Patterson began his career in the early 1930s as an in-betweener at the Charles Mintz Studio,[1] and then moved to the Walter Lantz Studio.[2]

He began working at the Walt Disney Animation Studios in the 1940s, contributing to four theatrical films: Fantasia, Dumbo, The Three Caballeros and Make Mine Music.

In the early 1950s, Patterson returned to the Lantz studio and became one of Lantz's four key animators, along with Ray Abrams, Laverne Harding and Paul Smith.[2]

Leonard Maltin says in Of Mice and Magic, "Don Patterson was the first of Lantz's animation team to try directing, and he showed great aptitude for the assignment. His shorts are among the best of the early-1950s product, showing deft handling of characters and snappy timing. In 1952 he 'supervised' one of the best Woody Woodpecker cartoons of all time, Termites from Mars."[2] Patterson also directed Hypnotic Hick (1953), Socko in Morocco and Alley to Bali (both 1954).

Patterson won a Golden Award at the 1985 Motion Pictures Screen Cartoonists Awards.[3]


Year Title Credits Characters
1940 Pinocchio Animator
Fantasia Animator - Segment "A Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria"
1941 Dumbo Animator
1945 The Three Caballeros Animator
1946 Make Mine Music Effects Animator
1973 Charlotte's Web Animator


  1. ^ Barrier, Michael (1999). Hollywood Cartoons: American Animation in Its Golden Age. Oxford University Press. p. 171. ISBN 9780198020790.
  2. ^ a b c Maltin, Leonard (1987). Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons (Revised ed.). Plume. p. 177. ISBN 0-452-25993-2.
  3. ^ Don Patterson - Awards. Internet Movie Database.

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