Eric Larson

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Eric Larson
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Eric Cleon Larson

September 3, 1905
DiedOctober 25, 1988(1988-10-25) (aged 83)
Years active1933–1986
Known forOne of Disney's "Nine Old Men"
Gertrude Jannes Larson
(m. 1933; died 1975)

Eric Cleon Larson (September 3, 1905 – October 25, 1988) was an American animator for the Walt Disney Studios starting in 1933, and was one of the "Disney's Nine Old Men".[1]


Born in Cleveland, Utah, Larson was the son of Danish immigrants Peter, a clothing salesman, and Nora.[2] He worked on such films as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, The Three Caballeros, Make Mine Music, Melody Time, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, The Jungle Book, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Throughout the years, Larson has animated characters on classics like The Aristocats and Robin Hood and also provided the titles on The Rescuers (along with Mel Shaw and Burny Mattinson). In the 1980s his work was minor, but he served as animation consultant on animated films and shorts like Mickey's Christmas Carol, The Black Cauldron, and The Great Mouse Detective.

In 1973, he began a recruitment training program that brought a new generation of animators into the Disney studio. Many well-known figures in animation today went through Larson's training program, including Brad Bird, Don Bluth, Chris Buck, Tim Burton, Randy Cartwright, Ron Clements, Andreas Deja, Gary Goldman, Ed Gombert, Mark Henn, Dan Haskett, Glen Keane, Bill Kroyer, John Lasseter, John Musker, Phil Nibbelink, Richard Rich, Burny Mattinson, Melvin Shaw, Jeffrey J. Varab, John Pomeroy, Joe Ranft, Jerry Rees, Henry Selick and Tad Stones among many others.

Larson was married to Gertrude Larson. By his retirement in 1986, he was the longest-working employee at Disney, having worked there for 53 years. He died on October 25, 1988, at the age of 83.


Year Title Credits Characters
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Animator Forest Animals, Dwarfs
1940 Pinocchio Animation Director Figaro, Cleo, Geppetto, Marionettes, Donkeys, Lampwick as a donkey
Fantasia Animation Supervisor - Segment "The Pastoral Symphony" Pegasus, Centaurs, Centaurettes
1942 Bambi Supervising Animator Thumper, Friend Owl
1945 The Three Caballeros Animator "The Flying Gauchito", Donald Duck, Jose Carioca, Panchito, Aracuan
Tiger Trouble (Short) Animator
African Diary (Short) Animator
1946 A Knight for a Day (Short) Animator Cedric
Make Mine Music Animator "Casey at the Bat" "Peter and the Wolf"
Song of the South Directing Animator Bre'r Rabbit, Bre'r Bear, Bre'r Fox
1948 Melody Time Directing Animator "Once Upon A Wintertime", "Johnny Appleseed" "Little Toot"
1949 So Dear to My Heart Animator Danny Lamb in cartoon form, Wise Owl
1950 Cinderella Directing Animator Cinderella, Stepsisters, Prince Charming
1951 Alice in Wonderland Directing Animator Alice, Dinah, Caterpillar, Queen Of Hearts, Cheshire Cat
1952 Lambert the Sheepish Lion (Short) Animator
1953 Peter Pan Directing Animator Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook
1955 Lady and the Tramp Directing Animator Lady, Tramp, Beaver, Peg
1959 Sleeping Beauty Sequence Director
1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians Directing Animator Pongo, Perdita, Puppies, Colonel, Tibbs
1962 A Symposium on Popular Songs (Short) Animator Ludwig Von Drake
1963 The Sword in the Stone Character Animator Wart, Merlin, Archimedes, Sir Ector, Granny Squirrel, Madam Mim
1964 Man's Search for Happiness (Short) Animator
Mary Poppins Animator Animals, Racers
1966 Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (Short) Animator
1967 The Jungle Book Character Animator Mowgli, Bagheera, Baloo, King Louie, Vultures
1968 Understanding Stresses and Strains (Short) Animator
1969 It's Tough to Be a Bird (Documentary Short) Animator
1970 The Aristocats Character Animator Roquefort, Marie, Toulouse, Berlioz, Edgar, O'Malley, Scat Cat, Alley Cats
1971 Bedknobs and Broomsticks Animator
1973 Robin Hood Character Animator Robin Hood, Little John, Vultures
1974 Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (Short) Directing Animator
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Animator Kanga, Roo
The Rescuers Titles
1983 Mickey's Christmas Carol (Short) Animation Consultant
1985 The Black Cauldron Animation Consultant
1986 The Great Mouse Detective Animation Consultant


  1. ^ Canemaker, John. (2001). Walt Disney's nine old men and the art of animation (1st ed.). New York: Disney Editions. ISBN 0-7868-6496-6. OCLC 45388625.
  2. ^ 1920 United States Federal Census

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