John Lounsbery

John Mitchell Lounsbery (March 9, 1911 – February 13, 1976) was an American animator who worked for Walt Disney Productions. He is best known as one of Disney's Nine Old Men, of which he was the shortest lived as well as the first to die.

John Lounsbery
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Born
John Mitchell Lounsbery

(1911-03-09)March 9, 1911
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
DiedFebruary 13, 1976(1976-02-13) (aged 64)
OccupationAnimator
Known forOne of Disney's Nine Old Men

Life and careerEdit

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and raised in Colorado. He attended East Denver High School and the Art Institute of Denver. While attending the ArtCenter College of Design in Los Angeles, an instructor sent him to interview with Walt Disney.

Lounsbery was hired by Disney on July 2, 1935, beginning as an assistant animator on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (uncredited). He went on to work on numerous short features in the 1940s while continuing to serve as part of the animating team on nearly all of Disney's most famous feature-length animated films. In the 1970s, he was promoted to director and directed Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too and The Rescuers.

John Lounsbery died on February 13, 1976. At the time of his death, he was working on The Rescuers and still directing at the Walt Disney Studios. He was named a Disney Legend in 1989 and was buried at the Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles.

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Credits Characters
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Assistant animator
1939 Society Dog Show (Short) Animator
The Practical Pig (Short) Animator
The Pointer (Short) Animator
Mickey's Surprise Party (Short) Animator
Officer Duck (Short) Animator
1940 Pinocchio Animator "Honest" John Worthington Foutfellow, Gideon
Bone Trouble (Short) Animator
Donald's Dog Laundry (Short) Animator
Fantasia Animator - Segment "Dance of the Hours" Hyacinth Hippo, Hippos, Ben Alligator, Alligators
1941 Dumbo Animation Director Dumbo, Timothy Q. Mouse
Pluto's Playmate (Short) Animator
1942 Bambi Supervising animator
Out of the Frying Pan Into the Firing Line (Short) Animator
Pluto at the Zoo (Short) Animator
1943 Victory Through Air Power (Documentary) Animator
Chicken Little (Short) Animator
Private Pluto (Short) Animator
Pluto and the Armadillo (Short) Animator
1944 The Three Caballeros Animator Donald Duck, Jose Carioca, Panchito
Springtime for Pluto (Short) Animator
1945 The Legend of Coyote Rock (Short) Animator
Canine Patrol (Short) Animator
1946 Make Mine Music Animator Wolf in "Peter and the Wolf" and "The Whale who Wanted to the sing at the Met"
Song of the South Directing Animator
1947 Fun and Fancy Free Directing Animator Jiminy Cricket, Mickey Mouse, Willie the Giant
1948 Melody Time Directing Animator "Once Upon A Wintertime", "Blame it on the Samba" and "Pecos Bill"
1949 So Dear to My Heart Animator
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Directing Animator Ichabod Crane's introductory scenes
1950 Cinderella Directing Animator Jaq, Gus, Lucifer, Mice, Bruno, Major
1951 Alice in Wonderland Directing Animator Flowers, Catepillar, Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, Strange Creatures
1952 Lambert the Sheepish Lion (Short) Animator
1953 Peter Pan Directing Animator George Darling, Wendy, John, Michael, Mary, Nana, Lost Boys, Indians, Pirates, Captain Hook
Ben and Me (Short) Animator
1955 Lady and the Tramp Directing Animator Lady, Tramp, Tony, Joe, Bull, Toughy, Boris, Peg, Professor, Cop
1959 Sleeping Beauty Directing Animator Prince Philip, King Hubert, King Stefan, Animals, Goons
1960 Goliath II (Short) Directing Animator
1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians Directing Animator Pongo, Perdita, Puppies, Colonel, Tibbs, Jasper, Horace, Danny, Captain Horse
Aquamania (Short) Animator
1963 The Sword in the Stone Directing Animator Wart, Merlin, Archimedes, Sir Ector, Sir Kay, Sir Pelinore, Wolf, Pike, Madam Mim, Scullery Maid
1964 Mary Poppins Animator Farm Animals, Huntsman and Horse
1966 Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (Short) Animator
1967 The Jungle Book Directing Animator Colonel Hathi, Winifred, Junior, Elephants, Bugler elephant, Baloo, Mowgli, Bagheera, King Louie, Shere Khan, Vultures, Monkeys
1968 Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (Short) Animator
1955 - 1970 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series) Animator 12 Episodes
1970 The Aristocats Directing Animator Edgar, George Hautecourt, Alley Cats, Roquefort,
1971 Bedknobs and Broomsticks Animator
1973 Robin Hood Directing Animator Robin Hood, Little John, Sheriff of Nottingham, Wolf Arrowmen, Otto
1974 Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (Short) Director
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Animator / Director
The Rescuers Director
1982 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series) Director 1 Episode
1984 DTV: Golden Oldies (Video) Character Animator
2011 Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (TV Series short) Director 14 Episodes

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