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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Al Bertino - my 70th choice as a Disney Legend

Al Bertino worked for the Disney company as an animator, story-man, writer, and imagineer.  He was involved as a writer or animator in several Disney shorts including: Plutopia, Fun and Fancy Free, Make Mine Music, Californy er Bust and Private Pluto. This is an excerpt form his Wikipedia page: He was an animator for Pinocchio and Fantasia, Bertino also wrote for the Wonderful World of Disney, and helped create a number of attractions at Disneyland, including Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Haunted Mansion, Country Bear Jamboree, and America Sings.  In 1986, he won a Golden Award (given to Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists). The giant bear at the Country Bear Jamboree called 'Big Al' was a self-portrait.
"Bertino began work for Walt Disney in 1935.
In a 1945 Disney short, Hockey Homicide, all the characters are named for members of the Disney staff including "Ice Box Bertino", who, as a running gag, repeatedly gets into hockey fights with "Fearless Ferguson" (named for Norm Ferguson)."

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