Eric Larson

Eric Larson

  • Birthday: 1905-09-03
  • Deathday: 1988-10-25
  • Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • Also know as: Eric Cleon Larson

Biography

Born to Peter and Nora Larson. In 1915 his family moved to Salt Lake City, where he became interested in journalism and also secretly took drawing lessons. In 1925, he entered the University of Utah, later moving to Los Angeles to look for a job in journalism and writing, unfortunately unsuccessfully. He then decided to rekindle his ambition to become an artist, and was offered a job at Walt Disney Productions in 1933, as an `in-betweener'. Later the same year, he married Gertrude Jannes (although sadly, the couple remained childless). Animator Hamilton Luske recognized Larson's talent and promoted him to assistant animator; Luske, who had joined the studio two years previously, later became his mentor. Further promotion followed, with Eric as animator on Walt Disney's first feature length cartoon, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937); along with future veteran animators Milt Kahl and James Algar, he animated the forest animals that followed Snow White throughout. In 1940, he was promoted to animation director for Pinocchio (1940), and in that film he created the kitten, Figaro, who became one of his favorite characters. In Fantasia (1940), he created the centaurs and the horses in the "Pastoral Symphony" segment of the musical feature.  By 1942, he had become a supervising animator for Bambi (1942) along with fellow workers Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas, and Milt Kahl, with whom he had worked on Snow White. In Bambi, he created Friend Owl, and subsequently worked on birds for the next two assignments, creating the mad Aracuan Bird in The Three Caballeros (1944), and Sasha the Bird in Make Mine Music (1946). Larson also worked on Fun and Fancy Free, Song of the South, Melody Time, and So Dear to My Heart (1949). He later became part of the Animation Board, and Walt Disney appointed him as one of his Nine Old Men, who consisted of Les Clark, Woolie Reitherman, Eric Larson, Ward Kimball, Milt Kahl, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, John Lounsbery and Marc Davis; all considered to be Walt's most trusted associates.  -From IMDB

Filmography

Taking Flight: The Making of Dumbo

2010

As Self (archive footage)

Waking Sleeping Beauty

2009

As Self (archive footage)

The Pixar Story

2007

As Self (archive footage)

Production

Net Games

2003

As Set Designer

Bambi

1942

As Supervising Animator

Cock o' the Walk

1935

As Animation

Lambert the Sheepish Lion

1952

As Animation

A Knight for a Day

1946

As Animation

The Whalers

1938

As Animation

Two-Gun Mickey

1934

As Animation

Three Little Wolves

1936

As Animation

Who Killed Cock Robin?

1935

As Animation

On Ice

1935

As Animation

The Hockey Champ

1939

As Animation

Farmyard Symphony

1938

As Animation

Fantasia

1940

As Animation

Pinocchio

1940

As Animation

The Three Caballeros

1944

As Animation

Two-Gun Mickey

1934

As Animation Production Assistant

Little Toot

1948

As Animation

Peter Pan

1953

As Animation

The Flying Gauchito

1944

As Animation

Song of the South

1946

As Animation

Alice in Wonderland

1951

As Animation

Melody Time

1948

As Animation

Peter and the Wolf

1946

As Animation

Lady and the Tramp

1955

As Animation

Mickey's Service Station

1935

As Animation Production Assistant

The Tortoise and the Hare

1935

As Animation Production Assistant

Tiger Trouble

1945

As Animation

Mary Poppins

1964

As Animation

Once Upon a Wintertime

1948

As Animation

Sleeping Beauty

1959

As Animation

African Diary

1945

As Animation

The Aristocats

1970

As Animation

The Sword in the Stone

1963

As Animation

It's Tough to Be a Bird

1969

As Animation

Pinocchio

1940

As Animation Director

Cinderella

1950

As Animation Director

Peter Pan

1953

As Animation Director

Lady and the Tramp

1955

As Animation Director

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