Ken Anderson (animator)

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Kenneth B. Anderson
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Born(1909-03-17)March 17, 1909
DiedDecember 13, 1993(1993-12-13) (aged 84)
OccupationArt director and writer

Kenneth B. Anderson (March 17, 1909 – December 13, 1993) was an American art director and a writer at Walt Disney Animation Studios for 44 years.

Anderson studied architecture at the University of Washington, graduating with a B.Arch. in 1934. He was particularly influenced by faculty member Lionel Pries.

With the delineation skills he learned in architecture school, he soon secured a position at Disney. Anderson was a key player in some of the studio's most well-known animated films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Pinocchio (1940), One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) and The Jungle Book (1967). He also worked on the development of Disneyland. Ken is a 1991 winner of the Disney Legends award for Animation & Imagineering.

Ken Anderson died in La Cañada Flintridge from a stroke at the age of 84.


Year Title Credits Notes
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Art Director Credited as Kenneth Anderson
1940 Pinocchio Art Director Credited as Kenneth Anderson
Fantasia Art Director - Segment "The Pastoral Symphony" Credited as Kenneth Anderson
1941 The Reluctant Dragon Art Director: Cartoon Sequences
1943 Saludos Amigos (Short) Background Artist
1945 The Three Caballeros Art Supervisor Credited as Kenneth Anderson
1946 Song of the South Cartoon Art Director Credited as Kenneth Anderson
1948 Melody Time Story
1949 So Dear to My Heart Cartoon Story Treatment
1950 Cinderella Story Credited as Kenneth Anderson
1951 Alice in Wonderland Color and Styling
1953 Peter Pan Layout Artist
Ben and Me (Short) Art Director
1955 Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier Special Art Work
Lady and the Tramp Layout Artist
1959 Sleeping Beauty Production Designer
1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians Art Director and Production Designer
1963 The Sword in the Stone Art Director
1966 Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (Short) Story
1967 The Jungle Book Story
1970 The Aristocats Story / Production Designer
1973 Robin Hood Based on Character and Story Conceptions by / Story Sequences
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Story
The Rescuers Story
Pete's Dragon Creator: "Elliott" / Animation Art Director
1992 Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland Story Sketches



  • Winsor McCay Award 1982
  • Disney Legend (Animation & Imagineering) 1991

Further reading[edit]

  • Allan, Robin, Walt Disney and Europe: European Influences on the Animated Feature Films of Walt Disney, Indiana University Press, Bloomington and Indianapolis 1999.
  • Canemaker, John, Before the Animation Begins: The Art and Lives of Disney Inspirational Sketch Artists, Hyperion, New York 1996 (especially pages 168-182, a full chapter devoted to Ken Anderson).
  • Ghez, Didier, Walt's People Volume 1: Talking Disney With The Artists Who Knew Him, Theme Park Press, 2005 (contains an entire interview with Ken Anderson from 1992 conducted by Paul F. Anderson).
  • Surrel, Jason, The Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic, 2016.

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