February 9, 1914|
Dayton, Ohio, US
|Died||February 10, 2011
Santa Monica, California
|Education||The Herron School of Art and Design|
|Occupation||Disney animator and Imagineer|
|Notable work||Chip 'n' Dale|
William Barnard "Bill" Justice (February 9, 1914 – February 10, 2011) was an animator and engineer for the Walt Disney Company. He was a graduate of the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis.
Justice joined Walt Disney Studios as an animator in 1937 and worked on such features as 1940's Fantasia, 1944's The Three Caballeros, 1951's Alice in Wonderland, and 1953's Peter Pan. He is arguably best known as the animator of the rabbit Thumper from 1942's Bambi and chipmunks Chip 'n Dale. He was the director of 1957's The Truth About Mother Goose, 1959's Noah's Ark, and 1962's A Symposium On Popular Songs, all of which were nominated for Academy Awards as Best Short Subject, Cartoon. In total, Justice worked on 57 shorts and 19 features.
In 1955, Justice created the Disney character costumes for Disneyland, and later for the other Disney parks and resorts.
Justice retired from the Disney Company in 1979 and was named a Disney Legend in 1996. He is the author of Justice for Disney, which chronicles his years with the company.
Justice died of natural causes at a nursing home in Santa Monica, California, one day after his 97th birthday. He is survived by his wife, Kim, his daughter, Melissa Justice, and a granddaughter.
- McLellan, Dennis (February 11, 2011). "Bill Justice dies at 97; Walt Disney Studios animator worked on 'Fantasia' and 'Bambi'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
- Bill Justice at the Internet Movie Database
- Listing from Disney Legends
- Listing from LaughingPlace.com
- Biography from Bob Richards
- Disney Legend Bill Justice has died at age 97, RIP
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