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Friday, April 8, 2016

Clyde Geronimi - choice number 34 as a Disney legend

Geronimi was my 34th choice to be named a Disney Legend and he was named in 2017!

Clyde Geronimi was an animation director for the Walt Disney Studios during it's Golden Age. He began as an animator and soon began directing cartoon shorts. He became a director in 1938 and won his first Academy Award the following year for the cartoon short ''The Ugly Duckling.” His 1941 short, "Lend a Paw", won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Subject.
Geronimi moved into directing feature-length animated films after the end of World War II. He was one of the directors on Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians.
Some of his other directorial works include The Three Caballeros (1944) Make Mine Music (1946) Melody Time (1948) The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949). Geronimi received the 1978 Winsor McCay Award from the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, for his lifetime of contributions to the animation field. Despite his large volume of work with Disney, it has been reported he was not a popular person in the studios.

Geronimi was involved in animating several shorts before becoming a  director. Here is a partial list of some of the other animated shorts he directed:
  • Chicken Little
  • Private Pluto
  • Pluto and the Armadillo
  • Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi
  • Pluto at the Zoo
  • T-Bone for Two
  • The Sleepwalker  
  • The Army Mascot
  • Pluto Junior
  • Lend a Paw
  • Canine Caddy
  • A Gentleman's Gentleman
  • Pantry Pirate
  • Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip
  • Pluto's Dream
  • Billposters
  • Tugboat Mickey
  • Officer Duck
  • The Pointer
  •  Beach Picnic

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