Burny Mattinson

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Burny Mattinson
Born (1935-05-13) May 13, 1935 (age 84)
OccupationScreenwriter, animator, film director, producer
Years active1953–present
EmployerWalt Disney Animation Studios (1953-present)
Spouse(s)Sylvia Mattinson

Burnett "Burny" Mattinson (born May 13, 1935) is an American storyboarder for Walt Disney Animation Studios. Starting work in 1953, Burny has been, and still is part of Disney today. Mattinson was honored as an inductee of the Disney Legends program in 2008.[1] Mattinson is officially the longest serving employee of The Walt Disney Company.[2]

Early life[edit]

Mattinson was born in San Francisco in 1935. His father, Bernie Mattinson, was a jazz drummer who starred with the Horace Heidt big band and, later, was a recording session drummer for Elvis Presley, among many others. In 1945, the family moved to Los Angeles, once his fathers Band ended. A few years before, Mattinson was inspired by the 1940 film Pinocchio, Mattinson became enamored of animation and practiced by drawing Disney characters throughout his school years. After graduating high school, Mattinson took a job in "Traffic" (mail room) at Disney Studios (1953), hoping to someday pursue a career as an animator, and maybe get the chance to actually meet some animators.


Later,[3] Mattinson began as a "inbetweener" (an animator who draws pictures to fill frames in between the key frames), and soon started on the 1955 film Lady and the Tramp. He worked as an assistant animator on Sleeping Beauty (1959) and 101 Dalmatians (1961). Mattinson then worked as an assistant to Eric Larson on The Sword and the Stone (1963), Mary Poppins (1964), The Jungle Book (1967) and The Aristocats (1970), and became a character animator on Robin Hood (1973) and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974).

Mattinson was a storyboard artist for the 1977 film The Rescuers. He also has story credits for The Fox and the Hound (1981), Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983), The Black Cauldron (1985), The Great Mouse Detective (1986), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), and The Lion King (1994).

Mattinson produced and directed Mickey's Christmas Carol and The Great Mouse Detective.

In 2008, Mattinson was awarded the Disney Legends award, and he also began working as Story Supervisor on the 2011 Winnie the Pooh reboot.

On March 24, 2011, Mattinson announced that he was pitching an idea for a full-length animated feature with Mickey Mouse as the main protagonist.[4]



Year Title Role
1973 Robin Hood Character Animator
1974 Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too Animator
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Animator
The Rescuers Story
1981 The Fox and the Hound Story
1983 Mickey's Christmas Carol Writer/Director/Producer
1985 The Black Cauldron Additional Story Contributions
1986 The Great Mouse Detective Writer/Director/Producer
1988 Oliver & Company Special Thanks
1990 The Prince and the Pauper Storyboard Artist
1991 Beauty and the Beast Story
1992 Aladdin Story
1994 The Lion King Story
1995 Pocahontas Story
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Story
1998 Mulan Story
1999 Tarzan Story
2008 Tinker Bell Story
2011 Winnie the Pooh Story Supervisor
2014 Big Hero 6 Story Artist
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet Additional Story Artist

Personal life[edit]

Mattinson married Sylvia Fry, who also worked as an in-between artist on the Disney film Sleeping Beauty. They have three children. Sylvia Mattinson has also worked as an animator on films such as The Fox and the Hound and The Black Cauldron.


  1. ^ "Legend Bio: Burny Mattinson (animation)". Disney Legends. Disney. 2008.
  2. ^ "The Walt Disney Company Honors its Longest-Serving Employee - The Walt Disney Company". The Walt Disney Company. 2018-06-18. Retrieved 2018-06-20.
  3. ^ http://animationpodcast.com/category/podcasts/burny-mattinson/
  4. ^ Connelly, Brendon (2011-03-24). "SCOOP: Mickey Mouse's First Feature Length Film Being Developed At Disney". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved 2011-03-24.

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