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Floyd Norman: An Animated Life (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 26 August 2016 (USA)
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Animator. Storyman. Troublemaker. At 80 years old, see how Disney Legend Floyd Norman, the first African-American animator at Disney, continues to impact animation and stir up "trouble" after the company forced him to retire at age 65.


Michael Fiore (co-director), Erik Sharkey (co-director)
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Credited cast:
Cosmo Anzilotti Cosmo Anzilotti ... Himself
Jane Baer Jane Baer ... Herself
Dave Bossert Dave Bossert ... Himself (as David Bossert)
Suzanne Bothke Suzanne Bothke ... Herself
Adrienne Brown-Norman Adrienne Brown-Norman ... Herself
Alice Davis ... Herself
Dean DeBlois ... Himself
Liane Abel Dietz Liane Abel Dietz ... Herself
Paul Dini
Joe Ferrara II Joe Ferrara II ... Himself
Brent Ford Brent Ford ... Himself
Whoopi Goldberg ... Herself
Ralph Guggenheim ... Himself
Don Hahn ... Himself
Kirk Hanson Kirk Hanson ... Himself


Animator. Storyman. Troublemaker. At 80 years old, see how Disney Legend Floyd Norman, the first African-American animator at Disney, continues to impact animation and stir up "trouble" after the company forced him to retire at age 65.

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Animator. Storyman. Troublemaker.


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A movie about an unsung hero for many!
29 August 2016 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

A mouth or so after black History mouth, I discovered a man named Frank Braxton who is credited as being the first black animator and had short but impactful career over at Warner Bros.

Then, possibly another mouth after that I saw the trailer for Floyd Norman: An Animated Life, and knew I wanted to see this.

Forget about the fact that Floyd is a black man who made it in a industry that was dominated by whites, and did it on sure talent alone, Floyd's energy in the documentary lifts the spirits of all who still think as children and stay young by doing what they love for as long as you can do it. He's like Stan Lee.

It's an untold story that I really needed to here. Still to this day it's important to know that diversity exist in this business and even though Floyd thinks of himself as more than just a symbol for the cause, he is in fact really good at being it just from being himself.

He's a man at 80 who has not lost a kink in his step and keeps moving on, which is an inspiration for all of us to stay as young as you feel.

For those Die-Hard animation fans it's a well rounded documentary about the animation business starting from when Floyd was hired by Disney to work on Sleeping Beauty up till 2015 with Floyd let go from Disney at age 65 and then being hired back 15 years after. It features very famous names in animation (like Paul Dini who created the DC animated Universe) to some lessor known but just as important guys. Who would have thought an industry catered mostly towards children would be so filled with racism sexism and ageism (more so the two latter really than the former).

Great documentary about an interesting man inside an awesome business.


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