Episode 143 - Floydering is a phrase first used by friends and colleagues at the Walt Disney Studios (and eventually adopted by the Disney fan community) to describe Floyd Norman and his particular creative process. Join Host Cody with Jenn, Elizabeth, Justin, Jared, and Joe. We were honored to have back on the show and friend of the show. Disney Legend Floyd Norman. Grab a comfy chair and join us for some Floydering.
Floyd Norman had his start as an assistant to comic book artist Bill Woggon, who lived in the Santa Barbara, California, area that Norman grew up in.
Norman first joined the Disney studio in 1956. As an in-betweener on Sleeping Beauty, he assisted Frank Thomas working on the fairies Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather. As an assistant animator on Mary Poppins, he worked on The Pearly Band. As a story artist on The Jungle Book, he was responsible for much of the gags in the "Trust In Me" sequence with Mowgli and Kaa the snake.
After Walt Disney's death in 1966, Floyd Norman left Disney Studios to co-found the AfroKids animation studio, with business partner animator/director Leo Sullivan. Norman and Sullivan worked together on various projects such as the original Hey! Hey! Hey! It's Fat Albert television special which aired in 1969 on NBC (not to be confused with the later Fat Albert series made by Filmation Associates).
Norman returned to Disney at one point in the early 1970s to work on the Disney animated feature Robin Hood and worked on several animated television programs at Hanna-Barbera and Ruby-Spears. In the 1980s he worked as a writer in the comic strip department at Disney and was the last scripter for the Mickey Mouse comic strip before it was discontinued.
More recently he has worked on motion pictures for Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, having contributed creatively as a story artist on films such as Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc. for Pixar and Mulan, Dinosaur and The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Walt Disney Animation, among others. He continues to work for the Walt Disney Co. as a freelance consultant on various projects.
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