June 26, 1909
Munich, German Empire
May 22, 1985
Woolie Reitherman, Wooly Reitherman
Spouse(s) Janie Marie McMillan Reitherman (married 26-Nov-1946, until his death)
Bruce, Richard and Robert Reitherman
Wolfgang Reitherman (June 26, 1909 – May 22, 1985), also known and sometimes credited as Woolie Reitherman, was a Disney animator and one of Disney's Nine Old Men.
Reitherman began working for Disney in 1934, along with future Disney legends
Ward Kimball and Milt Kahl. The three worked together on a number of classic Disney shorts, including , The Band Concert , and Music Land and in all, Reitherman worked on various Disney feature films produced from 1937 to 1981, including Elmer Elephant (Slave in the Magic Mirror) to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (co-producer). He did the climatic dinosaur fight in The Fox and the Hound Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring in , the Headless Horseman chase in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" section in Fantasia , the Crocodile in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad , and Peter Pan Maleficent as a dragon in (the former three he animated and the latter he directed). Beginning with 1961's Sleeping Beauty , "Woolie", as he was called by friends, served as Disney's chief animation director. One of Reitherman's productions, the 1968 short One Hundred and One Dalmatians , won the Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. He also served as a producer and sequence director, and starred as himself in the 1941 feature film . All three of Reitherman's sons — The Reluctant Dragon Bruce, Richard and Robert — provided voices for Disney characters, including Mowgli in , The Jungle Book Christopher Robin in , and Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree Wart in . The Sword in the Stone
Reitherman directed several Disney animated feature films including,
(1961), One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1963), The Sword in the Stone (1967), The Jungle Book (1970), The Aristocats (1973) and Robin Hood (1977). He is also known for reusing animation in movies directed by him. According to The Rescuers Floyd Norman, this was just one of his trademarks, and had nothing to do with time or cost savings: "Woolie was our director on The Jungle Book. Reuse was just Woolie’s thing. He never did it to save money. I really don’t think the “Old Guard” ever had any interest in saving money. I was never a big fan of reuse, but it wasn’t my place to tell these old guys what to do. One final thought. It never seemed to bother Walt, and I never heard him complain about reuse."
Personal life and death [ edit ]
Munich, Germany, Reitherman's family moved to America when he was a child. After attending Pasadena Junior College and briefly working as a draftsman for Douglas Aircraft, Reitherman returned to school at the Chouinard Art Institute, graduating in 1933. Reitherman served in World War II for the United States Air Force, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross after serving in Africa, China, India and the South Pacific. Reitherman died in a single-car accident near his Burbank, California home in 1985, 35 days of his 76th birthday. Reitherman was posthumously named a Disney Legend in 1989. [1 ]
Filmography [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]
^ Disney legend Wolfgang Reitherman