MEET THE ANIMATORS…
Floyd Norman began his cartooning career while still in high school on the series for Archie Comics. He attended Art Center College of Design as an illustration major. Floyd started working as an animation artist for the Walt Disney studio on Sleeping Beauty and eventually graduated to the story department where he joined the story team on The Jungle Book. He had the opportunity to work with Walt Disney on the last film the old maestro personally supervised. After he and his associates launched their own production company in the late sixties, Floyd served as writer/director in the production of educational media. Vignette Films, Inc. was one of the first companies to produce films on the subject of African-American history. Floyd wrote and produced animated segments for Sesame Street, Villa Alegre, and dozens of educational films.
In the seventies, he supervised animation layout at Hanna-Barbera Productions and story boarded several shows including The Flintstones, Smurfs, and Scooby Doo. He wrote scripts for The Kwicky Koala Show, The Real Ghostbusters, and Monster Tales.
Floyd returned to Disney in the early eighties to join the Disney Publishing Group. He wrote the syndicated Mickey Mouse comic strip and contributed stories for Disney Comics. As Project Supervisor in Creative Development Publishing, Floyd created, wrote and designed several children’s books. After a ten year absence from film, he returned to Disney Feature Animation to story board on The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, Dinosaur, and The Tigger Movie. In 1997 Floyd moved north to Pixar Animation Studios where he joined the story crew for Toy Story2 and Monsters, Inc.
Intrigued by the new digital realm and intractive computer media, Floyd worked
with Disney Interactive to develop computer software for painting and animation. The result was the award winning software program, Disney’s Magic Artist.
Floyd retired from Walt Disney Feature Animation in 2000, but he continues to work on various projects. He’s part of the new PBS television show, “Click and Clack” that will debut this summer, and he’s working on the new Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.