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Floyd Norman: An Animated Life (2016)



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An intimate journey through the celebrated life and career of the 'Forrest Gump' of the animation industry: Disney legend Floyd Norman. Hired as the first African-American at Disney in 1956, Floyd worked on such classics as SLEEPING BEAUTY and 101 DALMATIANS before being handpicked by Walt Disney to join the story team on THE JUNGLE BOOK. On Mr. Norman's 65th birthday in 2000, Disney HR forced Floyd to retire. Refusing to leave his "home," Floyd has "hijacked" a cubicle at Disney Publishing, unpaid, for the past 16 years, picking up freelance work when he can. At 81 he continues to have an impact as both an artist and a mentor. Mr. Norman plans to "die at the drawing board."

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Critic Reviews for Floyd Norman: An Animated Life

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

Directors Erik Sharkey and Michael Fiore have caught Norman's whimsical charm and his upbeat attitude.

September 21, 2016 | Full Review…

It serves as an entertaining salute to an unsung figure whose considerable accomplishments well deserve recognition.

August 31, 2016 | Full Review…

Floyd Norman doesn't think he's special. Many others know differently, and for those who need more proof, "Floyd Norman: An Animated Life" is delighted to supply it.

August 25, 2016 | Full Review…

Like the man himself, "Floyd Norman: An Animated Life" is genial on the surface but lets us go a little deeper into an unusual life than we might have expected.

August 25, 2016 | Full Review…

This delightful documentary is a must-see for fans of animation, movie history, and stories of lives filled with creativity, courage, and a sense of adventure.

August 25, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Michael Fiore and Erik Sharkey's film is most revealing and involving when Norman, now 80, talks and sketches, his pen and mind both lively.

August 24, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Floyd Norman: An Animated Life

This is a lively documentary about the life of a great animator. It is a tribute to Floyd Norman that so many animators agreed to be interviewed to help tell his story often accompanied by classic Disney style animations to illustrate what life was like in the animators' offices. So many great snapshots of his time working for Disney and behind the scenes anecdotes. It is centered around Norman's 80th birthday celebration and he still has a sharp tongue and a sharp pen. It hurt when the company forced him to retire at 65, but he kept hanging around the offices and never really retired. He continues to inspire the younger generation.

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