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Milt Neil (May 30, 1914 - October 18, 1997), sometimes known as "the Duck Man", was an American animator, toy designer and comics artist. [1].

BiographyEdit

Milt Neil was born in New Jersey in 1914. He worked for Disney Studios from 1935 to 1944. [2]He worked on Fantasia, Dumbo, Saludos Amigos, and The Three Caballeros. After leaving Disney he briefly worked for Walter Lantz. [3] He was also active in advertising and redesigned the two mascots of Pea Soup Andersen's. They received their permanent names Hap-Pea and Pea-Wee through a contest. [4]

Neil became involved with the children's show Howdy Doody, for whom he designed puppets and various other merchandising objects. Together with Chad Grothkopf [5]he adapted the TV show into a newspaper comic between 1950 and 1953, though he only worked on it for the first three months, after which Grothkopf took over. [6] [7]

Neil ran the character animation program at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Design. [8] He passed away in 1997.

SourcesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/n/neil_milt.htm
  2. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/n/neil_milt.htm
  3. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/n/neil_milt.htm
  4. ^ http://www.peasoupandersens.net/mobile/historyBuellton.html
  5. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/grothkopf_chad.htm
  6. ^ "Stripper's Guide". strippersguide.blogspot.com. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  7. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/n/neil_milt.htm
  8. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/n/neil_milt.htm