Wolfgang Reitherman

Wolfgang Reitherman

  • Birthday: 1909-06-26
  • Deathday: 1985-05-22
  • Place of birth: Munich, Germany
  • Also know as: Wooly Reitherman

Biography

Reitherman began working for Disney in 1934, along with future Disney legends Ward Kimball and Milt Kahl. The three worked together on a number of classic Disney shorts, including The Band Concert, Music Land, and Elmer Elephant and in all, Reitherman worked on various Disney feature films produced from 1937 to 1981, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Slave in the Magic Mirror) to The Fox and the Hound (co-producer). He did the climatic dinosaur fight in Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring in Fantasia, the Headless Horseman chase in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" section in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, the Crocodile in Peter Pan, and Maleficent as a dragon in Sleeping Beauty (the former three he animated and the latter he directed). Beginning with 1961's One Hundred and One Dalmatians, "Woolie", as he was called by friends, served as Disney's chief animation director. One of Reitherman's productions, the 1968 short Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. He also served as a producer and sequence director, and starred as himself in the 1941 feature film The Reluctant Dragon. All three of Reitherman's sons — Bruce, Richard and Robert — provided voices for Disney characters, including Mowgli in The Jungle Book, Christopher Robin in Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, and Wart in The Sword in the Stone. Reitherman directed several Disney animated feature films including, One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961), The Sword in the Stone (1963), The Jungle Book (1967), The Aristocats (1970),Robin Hood (1973) and The Rescuers (1977). He is also known for reusing animation in movies directed by him. According to Floyd Norman, this was just one of his trademarks, and had nothing to do with time or cost savings: "Woolie was our director on The Jungle Book. Reuse was just Woolie’s thing. He never did it to save money. I really don’t think the “Old Guard” ever had any interest in saving money. I was never a big fan of reuse, but it wasn’t my place to tell these old guys what to do. One final thought. It never seemed to bother Walt, and I never heard him complain about reuse." -From Wikipedia entry

Filmography

Waking Sleeping Beauty

2009

As Self (archive footage)

The Pixar Story

2007

As Self (archive footage)

Production

The Aristocats

1970

As Director

The Rescuers

1977

As Director

Robin Hood

1973

As Director

The Sword in the Stone

1963

As Director

The Jungle Book

1967

As Director

Aquamania

1961

As Director

Donald in Mathmagic Land

1959

As Director

Goliath II

1960

As Director

The Goofy Success Story

1955

As Director

The Aristocats

1970

As Producer

The Rescuers

1977

As Producer

The Fox and the Hound

1981

As Co-Producer

Robin Hood

1973

As Producer

Mickey and the Beanstalk

1947

As Animation

Broken Toys

1935

As Animation

The Goddess of Spring

1934

As Animation

Polar Trappers

1938

As Animation

Donald's Nephews

1938

As Animation

Elmer Elephant

1936

As Animation

Cock o' the Walk

1935

As Animation

Donald's Cousin Gus

1939

As Animation

The Wise Little Hen

1934

As Animation

The Worm Turns

1937

As Animation

Clock Cleaners

1937

As Animation

Hawaiian Holiday

1937

As Animation

Fun and Fancy Free

1947

As Animation Director

How to Fish

1942

As Animation

Funny Little Bunnies

1934

As Animation

Two-Gun Mickey

1934

As Animation

The Band Concert

1935

As Animation

Mickey's Service Station

1935

As Animation

Moving Day

1936

As Animation

Water Babies

1935

As Animation

Mickey's Fire Brigade

1935

As Animation

Music Land

1935

As Animation

Goofy and Wilbur

1939

As Animation

The Reluctant Dragon

1941

As Animation

Pinocchio

1940

As Animation

Alice in Wonderland

1951

As Animation

Fantasia

1940

As Animation

El Gaucho Goofy

1942

As Animation

Dumbo

1941

As Animation

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

1949

As Animation

Peter Pan

1953

As Animation

Lady and the Tramp

1955

As Animation

How to Swim

1942

As Animation

How to Ride a Horse

1941

As Animation

Saludos Amigos

1942

As Animation

Tennis Racquet

1949

As Animation

Goofy Gymnastics

1949

As Animation

Pinocchio

1940

As Animation Director

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

1949

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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