Any Disney Press Trip is full of surprises and fun. You never know what to expect. So walking into a room knowing you will be doing some sort of presentation that involves the just released 101 Dalmatians Diamond Edition released on Feb. 10th and THEN seeing Floyd Norman is quite a shock!
Why is he legend? Floyd Norman started out “inbetweening”. Which is the process of generating intermediate frames between two images to give the appearance that the first image evolves smoothly into the second image. He was working on Sleeping Beauty first. What makes him go down in the history books is that he was the first African-American full time artist for Disney! Which led him into being one of the key artists working on 101 Dalmatians.
Mr. Norman recalled working in the glory days with Walt Disney himself. Including working on animation sequences in The Jungle Book. Mr. Norman’s career with the House of Mouse continued and he ended up moving to Pixar in 1997 and worked on Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc.
Even though he’s had a hand in some of the biggest films he’s humble. He gave us a drawing demonstration and spent time answering all of our questions. Thanks Mr. Norman for spreading the joy of animation!
***Disclosure: I attended Disney Press Event My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***