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Eric Cleon Larson (September 3, 1905 – October 25, 1988) was an American animator for the Walt Disney Studios starting in 1933, and was one of the "Disney's Nine Old Men".

Eric Larson
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Eric Cleon Larson

September 3, 1905
DiedOctober 25, 1988(1988-10-25) (aged 83)
Years active1933–1986
Known forOne of Disney's "Nine Old Men"
Gertrude Jannes Larson
(m. 1933; died 1975)


Born in Cleveland, Utah, Larson was the son of Danish immigrants Peter, a clothing salesman, and Nora.[1] He worked on such films as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, The Three Caballeros, Make Mine Music, Melody Time, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, The Jungle Book, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Throughout the years, Larson has animated characters on classics like The Aristocats and Robin Hood and also provided the titles on The Rescuers (along with Mel Shaw and Burny Mattinson). In the 1980s his work was minor, but he had been an animation consultant on animated films and shorts like Mickey's Christmas Carol, The Black Cauldron, and The Great Mouse Detective.

In 1973 he began a recruitment training program that brought a new generation of animators into the Disney studio. Many well-known figures in animation today went through Larson's training program, including Brad Bird, Don Bluth, Chris Buck, Tim Burton, Randy Cartwright, Ron Clements, Andreas Deja, Gary Goldman, Ed Gombert, Mark Henn, Dan Haskett, Glen Keane, Bill Kroyer, John Lasseter, John Musker, Phil Nibbelink, Richard Rich, Burny Mattinson, Melvin Shaw, Jeffrey J. Varab, John Pomeroy, Joe Ranft, Jerry Rees, Henry Selick and Tad Stones among many others.

Larson was married to Gertrude Larson. By his retirement in 1986, he was the longest-working employee at Disney, having worked there for 53 years. He died on October 25, 1988 at the age of 83.


Year Title Credits
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Animator
1940 Pinocchio Animation Director
Fantasia Animation Supervisor - Segment "The Pastoral Symphony"
1942 Bambi Supervising Animator
1945 The Three Caballeros Animator
Tiger Trouble (Short) Animator
African Diary (Short) Animator
1946 A Knight for a Day (Short) Animator
Make Mine Music Animator
Song of the South Directing Animator
1948 Melody Time Directing Animator
1949 So Dear to My Heart Animator
1950 Cinderella Directing Animator
1951 Alice in Wonderland Directing Animator
1952 Lambert the Sheepish Lion (Short) Animator
1953 Peter Pan Directing Animator
1955 Lady and the Tramp Directing Animator
1959 Sleeping Beauty Sequence Director
1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians Directing Animator
1962 A Symposium on Popular Songs (Short) Animator
1963 The Sword in the Stone Character Animator
1964 Man's Search for Happiness (Short) Animator
Mary Poppins Animator
1966 Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (Short) Animator
1967 The Jungle Book Character Animator
1968 Understanding Stresses and Strains (Short) Animator
1969 It's Tough to Be a Bird (Documentary short) Animator
1970 The Aristocats Character Animator
1971 Bedknobs and Broomsticks Animator
1973 Robin Hood Character Animator
1974 Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (Short) Directing Animator
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Animator
The Rescuers Titles
1956 - 1979 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series) Animator - 17 Episodes
1981 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series) Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life - Himself
1982 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series) Directing Animator - Segment "Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too"
1983 Mickey's Christmas Carol (Short) Animation Consultant
1984 DTV: Golden Oldies (Video) Animator
1985 The Disney Family Album (TV Series documentary) Eric Larson - Himself
The Black Cauldron Animation Consultant
1986 The Great Mouse Detective Animation Consultant


  1. ^ 1920 United States Federal Census

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