Larry Clemmons

Larry Clemmons (November 25, 1906 – July 22, 1988)[2][3] was an American animator, screenwriter and voice actor who was a writer for Bing Crosby on his various radio programs and one of the original animators for The Walt Disney Company.[4][2]

Larry Clemmons
Born(1906-11-25)November 25, 1906
DiedJuly 22, 1988(1988-07-22) (aged 81)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
OccupationAnimator, screenwriter, voice actor
Years active1930–1978
Spouse(s)Carletta Clarinda Hatch


Clemmons graduated with a degree in architecture from University of Michigan but couldn't find work due to the effects of the Great Depression. So, desperate for work in any area he could find it, he accepted a job offer from Walt Disney in 1930 to work at his Hyperion Studios. After several years at Hyperion, he became an assistant animator for the Mickey Mouse film series.[5]

When World War II happened, Larry left the studio and decamped to the Midwest, where he wrote technical manuals for wartime manufacturing plants.

Clemmons then freelanced in radio, and at the end of the war, landed a job on Bing Crosby’s prime-time network radio shows, where he spent nine years writing weekly scripts for Crosby and assorted guest stars. When the radio gig ended, he returned to Walt Disney Productions as a writer and segment producer on The Mickey Mouse Club. After finishing this assignment, he wrote Disney’s spoken intros for the television show entitled Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. Clemmons retired in 1978.[5]


As writerEdit

Year Title Notes
1935 The Tortoise and the Hare Film short
1939 The Practical Pig Film short
1941 The Reluctant Dragon Live-action scenes only
1950 The Hank McCune Show All episodes
1952 A Case of Hypnosis TV Movie
1956 Disneyland, U.S.A. Documentary short
1958-1961 Walt Disney Presents
1959 Disneyland '59 Television documentary
1961-1962 Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color
1966 Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree Film short
1967 The Jungle Book
1968 Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day Film short
1970 The Aristocats
1973 Robin Hood
1974 Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too Film short
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The Rescuers Also the voice of Gramps (the turtle)
1981 The Fox and the Hound

As animatorEdit

Year Title Notes
1934 Servants' Entrance Uncredited
1935 The Tortoise and Hare Film short
1939 The Hockey Champ Uncredited
Sea Scouts Uncredited
The Autograph Hound
1940 Tugboat Mickey Uncredited
Billposters Uncredited
Mr. Duck Steps Out Uncredited
Put-Put Troubles Uncredited


  1. ^ Obituaries : Larry Clemmons; One of Disney's First Writers for Animated Films - latimes Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  2. ^ a b "Obituaries : Larry Clemmons; One of Disney's First Writers for Animated Films". Los Angeles Times. July 28, 1988. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
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  4. ^ "Larry Clemmons - About This Person - Movies & TV -". Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "'Mouse in Transition': Larry Clemmons Chapter 2". Retrieved March 14, 2015.