Wolfgang Reitherman

Birthday:
06/26/1909
Place of birth:
Munich, Germany:
Biography:
Reitherman began working for Disney in 1934, along with future Disney legends Ward Kimball and Milt Kahl. The three worked together on a number of classic Disney shorts, including The Band Concert, Music Land, and Elmer Elephant and in all, Reitherman worked on various Disney feature films produced from 1937 to 1981, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Slave in the Magic Mirror) to The Fox and the Hound (co-producer). He did the climatic dinosaur fight in Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring in Fantasia, the Headless Horseman chase in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" section in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, the Crocodile in Peter Pan, and Maleficent as a dragon in Sleeping Beauty (the former three he animated and the latter he directed). Beginning with 1961's One Hundred and One Dalmatians, "Woolie", as he was called by friends, served as Disney's chief animation director. One of Reitherman's productions, the 1968 short Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. He also served as a producer and sequence director, and starred as himself in the 1941 feature film The Reluctant Dragon. All three of Reitherman's sons — Bruce, Richard and Robert — provided voices for Disney characters, including Mowgli in The Jungle Book, Christopher Robin in Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, and Wart in The Sword in the Stone. Reitherman directed several Disney animated feature films including, One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961), The Sword in the Stone (1963), The Jungle Book (1967), The Aristocats (1970),Robin Hood (1973) and The Rescuers (1977). He is also known for reusing animation in movies directed by him. According to Floyd Norman, this was just one of his trademarks, and had nothing to do with time or cost savings: "Woolie was our director on The Jungle Book. Reuse was just Woolie’s thing. He never did it to save money. I really don’t think the “Old Guard” ever had any interest in saving money. I was never a big fan of reuse, but it wasn’t my place to tell these old guys what to do. One final thought. It never seemed to bother Walt, and I never heard him complain about reuse." -From Wikipedia entry

Credits

The Fox and the Hound
Co-Producer
The Rescuers
Director
The Rescuers
Producer
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Director
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Producer
Robin Hood
Director
Robin Hood
Producer
The Aristocats
Director
The Aristocats
Producer
Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
Director
The Jungle Book
Director
Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
Director
The Sword in the Stone
Director
Aquamania
Director
One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Director
Goliath II
Director
Donald in Mathmagic Land
Director
Sleeping Beauty
Director
The Truth About Mother Goose
Director
Lady and the Tramp
Animation
Peter Pan
Animation
Alice in Wonderland
Animation
Cinderella
Animation Director
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
Animation Director
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Animation
Goofy Gymnastics
Animation
Tennis Racquet
Animation
Mickey Mouse: Mickey and the Beanstalk
Animation
Fun and Fancy Free
Animation Director
How to Fish
Animation
How to Swim
Animation
Saludos Amigos
Animation
El Gaucho Goofy
Animation
Dumbo
Animation
The Reluctant Dragon
Animation
How to Ride a Horse
Animation
Fantasia
Animation
Pinocchio
Animation
Pinocchio
Animation Director
Donald's Cousin Gus
Animation
Goofy and Wilbur
Animation
Polar Trappers
Animation
Donald's Nephews
Animation
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Animation
Clock Cleaners
Animation
Hawaiian Holiday
Animation
The Worm Turns
Animation
Moving Day
Animation
Elmer Elephant
Animation
Broken Toys
Animation
Cock o' the Walk
Animation
Music Land
Animation
Mickey's Fire Brigade
Animation
Water Babies
Animation
The Band Concert
Animation
Mickey's Service Station
Animation
Two-Gun Mickey
Animation
The Goddess of Spring
Animation
The Wise Little Hen
Animation
Funny Little Bunnies
Animation

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