Roland Crandall

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Roland Crandall
Born(1892-08-29)August 29, 1892
DiedAugust 14, 1972(1972-08-14) (aged 79)
Spouse(s)Julia K. Hayes
ChildrenRoland Davenport Crandall
Parent(s)Charles Henry Crandall and Mary Vere Davenport

Roland Dimon "Doc" Crandall (August 29, 1892 - August 14, 1972) was an American animator. He is best known for his work at Fleischer Studio, especially on the Betty Boop version of Snow White and as lead animator with Seymour Kneitel on the first year of the "Popeye" the Sailor cartoons starting in 1933.

Crandall was born in New Canaan, Connecticut, and attended the Yale School of Art.[1] He was one of the first employees of Fleischer Studio, working on the early Koko the Clown shorts in the 1920s. Crandall's drawing ability was legendary; he provided nearly all the drawings for the 1933 Betty Boop cartoon, Snow White.[2] The film has been deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. In 1994 it was voted #19 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field. The film is now Public Domain.

Crandall retired from animation in 1941 when Paramount Studios acquired Fleischer Studios. He moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he worked as a commercial illustrator.[3] Crandall died on August 14, 1972, in Greenwich, Connecticut, 15 days before his 80th birthday.


  1. ^ Thorndike, Chuck (1939). The Business of Cartooning: The Success Stories of the World’s Greatest Cartoonists, pg.28. House of Little Books
  2. ^ Snow-White (1933) - Trivia
  3. ^ [1] Golden Age Cartoons forum, comments by Ray Pointer. Last accessed 2/16/2007.

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