Floyd Norman, 1954. Floyd Norman, 1954.
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Teaser Trailer: Floyd Norman Documentary ‘An Animated Life’

Floyd Norman, 1954.
Floyd Norman, 1954.

Happy birthday, Floyd Norman! The teaser trailer for your documentary has arrived — just in time for your Comic-Con showcase this evening.

“People have often asked me how I feel about being the first African-American artist at Disney,” Norman recalls in the teaser for the feature-length documentary Floyd Norman: An Animated Life. “Well, I wasn’t even aware I was an African-American. I was another artist looking for a job.”

Since then, the venerable artist has found many jobs, including on Sleeping Beauty, The Sword in the Stone, Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Scooby-Doo, Josie and the Pussycats, Toy Story 2 and more, as Cartoon Brew explained in a recent post honoring Norman’s 80th birthday.

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At 9pm tonight, Norman and his storied career will take center stage at San Diego Comic-Con in Room 9, as Floyd Norman: An Animated Life director Erik Sharkey and producer Michael Fiore, Batman: The Animated Series writer/producer Paul Dini, Beauty and the Beast co-director Gary Trousdale, among others, pay their respects to the Disney pioneer who plans “to die at the drawing board.”

Release plans haven’t been announced yet for the documentary, which combines original animation with archival footage, and features interviews with Norman and his wife Adrienne, and a host of others including Whoopi Goldberg, cartoonist Sergio Aragones, composer Richard Sherman, Disney producer Don Hahn, Toy Story producer Ralph Guggenheim, and historian/critic Leonard Maltin.

  • TStevens

    Super Cool!. I remember having a few interactions with him on another animation forum back in the late 90s.
    He always had great stories about the past and great insight about the present.
    Congratulations Floyd!

    • The Gee

      Was it only the late 90s? Seems like it went a bit beyond that. haha.

      Mr. Norman’s a great guy and it is pretty neat that this is being made. Good for him! Good for others to find out more about him.

  • Pedro Nakama

    Looks good! When is the movie coming out?

  • RobotDavid

    I suggest listening to the Bancroft Brothers podcast interview with Floyd, he is possibly the most awesome and humble guy in the universe.

    • tom bancroft

      I agree on both points! Floyd is an angel and everyone should listen to the Bancroft Bros Animation podcast!

  • James Madison

    I have to see this. Congrats to all involved. I have a feeling it’s a gem!

  • Doug

    Can’t wait to see this!

  • fbt

    I love animation documentaries!! This looks like it’s going to be amazing. I’ve seen Floyd Norman in podcasts and I’ve read about him.Still, I can’t wait to learn more about him!

  • CG Animator

    Can’t wait to see this! Floyd is an amazing artist and a great guy too.