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Friday, June 17, 2016

Don Lusk - Choice number 43 as a Disney Legend

Don Lusk was an animator for many years with Disney Studios before leaving to work for Hanna-Barbera and Peanuts. He is still alive as of this writing at age 102. He has been critical of Walt Disney (notably in the PBS mocumentary), and this may keep him from getting this honor. But once again we go to the Art Babbitt factor, who lead a strike against Disney but was eventually named as a legend.

Don Lusk got his professional career started when he was employed by The Walt Disney Company in 1933. Some of his more notable work included Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, Song of the South, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp and Sleeping Beauty.

His other work for Disney included character animation on Farmyard Symphony, How to Fish, Song of the South, Fun and Fancy Free, Melody Time (notably the "Once Upon a Wintertime", "The Legend of Johnny Appleseed" and "Trees" segments), So Dear to My Heart, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (notably "The Wind in the Willows" segment), Lambert the Sheepish Lion, Trick or Treat, Ben and Me, the Disneyland episodes "The Donald Duck Story", "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", "A Day in the Life of Donald Duck" and "The Great Cat Family" and One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

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