Eric Larson

Birthday:

09/03/1905

Place of birth:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA:

Biography:

Born to Peter and Nora Larson. In 1915 his family moved to Salt Lake City, where he became interested in journalism and also secretly took drawing lessons. In 1925, he entered the University of Utah, later moving to Los Angeles to look for a job in journalism and writing, unfortunately unsuccessfully. He then decided to rekindle his ambition to become an artist, and was offered a job at Walt Disney Productions in 1933, as an `in-betweener'. Later the same year, he married Gertrude Jannes (although sadly, the couple remained childless). Animator Hamilton Luske recognized Larson's talent and promoted him to assistant animator; Luske, who had joined the studio two years previously, later became his mentor. Further promotion followed, with Eric as animator on Walt Disney's first feature length cartoon, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937); along with future veteran animators Milt Kahl and James Algar, he animated the forest animals that followed Snow White throughout. In 1940, he was promoted to animation director for Pinocchio (1940), and in that film he created the kitten, Figaro, who became one of his favorite characters. In Fantasia (1940), he created the centaurs and the horses in the "Pastoral Symphony" segment of the musical feature.  By 1942, he had become a supervising animator for Bambi (1942) along with fellow workers Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas, and Milt Kahl, with whom he had worked on Snow White. In Bambi, he created Friend Owl, and subsequently worked on birds for the next two assignments, creating the mad Aracuan Bird in The Three Caballeros (1944), and Sasha the Bird in Make Mine Music (1946). Larson also worked on Fun and Fancy Free, Song of the South, Melody Time, and So Dear to My Heart (1949). He later became part of the Animation Board, and Walt Disney appointed him as one of his Nine Old Men, who consisted of Les Clark, Woolie Reitherman, Eric Larson, Ward Kimball, Milt Kahl, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, John Lounsbery and Marc Davis; all considered to be Walt's most trusted associates.  -From IMDB


Film Credits

The Making of Pinocchio: No Strings Attached (2009)
as Himself (archival footage)

Production Credits

Net Games (2003)
Set Designer
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
Animation
The Aristocats (1970)
Animation
It's Tough to Be a Bird (1969)
Animation
Understanding Stresses and Strains (1968)
Animation
Mary Poppins (1964)
Animation
The Sword in the Stone (1963)
Animation
A Symposium on Popular Songs (1962)
Animation
One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
Animation
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Co-Director
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Animation
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
Animation
Peter Pan (1953)
Animation
Lambert the Sheepish Lion (1952)
Animation
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Animation
Cinderella (1950)
Animation Director
Melody Time (1948)
Animation
Little Toot (1948)
Animation
Once Upon a Wintertime (1948)
Animation
Song of the South (1946)
Animation
Peter and the Wolf (1946)
Animation
A Knight for a Day (1946)
Animation
African Diary (1945)
Animation
The Flying Gauchito (1945)
Animation
Tiger Trouble (1945)
Animation
The Three Caballeros (1944)
Animation
Bambi (1942)
Supervising Animator
Fantasia (1940)
Animation
Pinocchio (1940)
Animation
Pinocchio (1940)
Animation Director
The Hockey Champ (1939)
Animation
Farmyard Symphony (1938)
Animation
The Whalers (1938)
Animation
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Animation
Three Little Wolves (1936)
Animation
Cock o' the Walk (1935)
Animation
On Ice (1935)
Animation
Who Killed Cock Robin? (1935)
Animation
Mickey's Service Station (1935)
Animation Production Assistant
The Tortoise and the Hare (1935)
Animation Production Assistant
Two-Gun Mickey (1934)
Animation
Two-Gun Mickey (1934)
Animation Production Assistant