Alfred Eugster (February 11, 1909 – January 1, 1997) was an American animator, writer, and film director, often regarded as one of the greatest animators of all time. He worked for a number of American animation studios, including Fleischer Studios, the Ub Iwerks studio, Walt Disney Productions, and Famous Studios.
All was married to his wife Hazel, also known as Chick, for 61 years. The two had no children. In 1995, Hazel died.
Eugster began his career in animation in 1925 where he worked at the Pat Sullivan studio. He helped create the series Felix the Cat and would blacken in the drawing of Felix. During his time working for the Pat Sullivan studio, he worked under Otto Messmer. Eugster attended Cooper Union at nighttime to study art while also working. Al Eugster then joined Fleischer Studios in 1929. Eugster would return to Fleischers in 1940. In 1932, Eugster went to work for Mintz. He worked with Preston Blair to on many films, most notably, Krazy Kat cartoons. Just a year later, he went on to work for Ub lwerks where he co-animated several ComiColor shorts with Shamus Culhane. Here he worked until 1935. In 1935 he joined Disney and his specialty at the Disney studio was the animation of Donald Duck as well as the works of Snow White. Eugster rejoined Fleischer and stayed with them until 1943. He later joined the US Army. After his release from the Army, he joined Famous in 1945. Here he was the head animator and worked on a number of Screen Songs and Popeye cartoons until 1957. From 1957-1964, Eugster freelanced throughout New York working for various commercial studios. In 1964, he joined Paramount where he worked for Shamus Culhane and Ralph Bakski until the studio closed in 1967. The following year, he joined Kim and Gifford, where he began his longest stay at a single studio. In September 1987, Eugster retired from Kim and Gifford, ending his 62 year career.
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