Eric Larson

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Eric Larson
Eric Cleon Larson (1905 –1988) (animator).jpg
Born Eric Cleon Larson
September 3, 1905
Cleveland, Utah, U.S.
Died October 25, 1988(1988-10-25) (aged 83)
La Cañada Flintridge, California, U.S.
Occupation Animator
Years active 1933–1986
Known for One of Disney's "Nine Old Men"
Spouse(s) Gertrude Jannes Larson
(m. 1933; d. 1975)

Eric Cleon Larson (September 3, 1905 – October 25, 1988) was an American animator for the Walt Disney Studios starting in 1933, and was one of the "Disney's Nine Old Men".

Born in Cleveland, Utah, Larson was the son of Danish immigrants Peter, a clothing salesman, and Nora.[1] He worked on such films as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, and The Jungle Book. Throughout the years, Larson has animated characters on classics like The Aristocats and Robin Hood and also provided the titles on The Rescuers (along with Mel Shaw and Burny Mattinson). In the 1980s his work was minor, but he had been an animation consultant on animated films and shorts like The Fox and the Hound, Mickey's Christmas Carol, The Black Cauldron, and The Great Mouse Detective.

In 1973 he began a recruitment training program that brought a new generation of animators into the Disney studio. Many well-known figures in animation today went through Larson's training program, including Brad Bird, Don Bluth, Chris Buck, Tim Burton, Randy Cartwright, Ron Clements, Andreas Deja, Gary Goldman, Ed Gombert, Mark Henn, Dan Haskett, Glen Keane, Bill Kroyer, John Lasseter, John Musker, Phil Nibbelink, Richard Rich, Burny Mattinson, Melvin Shaw, Jeffrey J. Varab, John Pomeroy, Joe Ranft, Jerry Rees, Henry Selick and Tad Stones among many others.

Larson was married to Gertrude Larson. He was the longest-working employee at Disney, having worked there for 53 years. He died on October 25, 1988 at the age of 83.


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  1. ^ 1920 United States Federal Census

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