It’s not often that we have the privilege of celebrating the 104th birthday of an animation legend, so we can’t let the day pass without acknowledging the birthday of Don Lusk, the last living animator from the first Golden Age of the Walt Disney Company. And yes, that means the first feature the company ever produced: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937.
Don started at Disney in 1933 and worked there continuously (with the exception of the Disney strike and military service) until 1960. Of the seventeen animated features produced by Disney from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to 101 Dalmatians, Lusk animated on 13 of them. He animated Cleo and Figaro in Pinocchio, the Arabian Fish Dance in the “Nutcracker Suite” of Fantasia, the title character in Alice in Wonderland, and Wendy in Peter Pan, to name but a few.
Here’s a short reel of some of his greatest hits: