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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Animator
Scriptwriter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chili, Cornbread
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/22/1935
Birth Location:
Santa Barbara, California

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Animator
Scriptwriter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chili, Cornbread
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/22/1935
Birth Location:
Santa Barbara
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Biography

Animator and script writer Floyd Norman was born on June 22, 1935 in Santa Barbara, California. He began producing animated films while he was still in high school. Early in his career, Norman worked with Bill Woggon on the animated comic book series, Archie. In the 1960s, Norman attended the Art Center School in Pasadena, California, majoring in illustration. After only two years of study, Norman was hired at Walt Disney Studios. He started working as an animator on the film, Sleeping Beauty and was promoted to the story department. Under Walt Disney’s personal supervision, Norman worked on the story sequence for scenes in the animated film, The Jungle Book.

Norman met fellow African American animation artist Leo Sullivan right after Sullivan graduated from college and began searching for employment. The two animators realized that they had similar interests and started working with each other on various animated films. Sullivan wrote and directed a short cartoon on the story of Christopher Columbus and later, the two produced an elaborate animated fantasy tale. Norman’s and Sullivan’s films helped Sullivan earn his first professional job in the animation industry. In the mid-1960s, Norman left Walt Disney Studios, and alongside Sullivan, founded Vignette Films, Inc. where they produced six animated films on the subject of black history. In the 1970s, Norman wrote and produced animated segments for Sesame Street, Villa Alegre and dozens of other educational films. In addition, Norman supervised the animation layout at Hanna-Barbera Productions and storyboarded several shows including The Flintstones, The Smurfs and Scooby Doo. In the 1980s, Norman returned to Disney and wrote the syndicated Mickey Mouse comic strip. Norman also worked on feature length animated films such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan and Toy Story 2.

In 1999, Norman and Leo Sullivan created a multicultural internet site, www.Afrokids.com, designed to present a variety of African American images to children. At the Annie Awards in 2003, Norman won the Winsor McKay Lifetime Achievement Award.

Floyd Norman was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 5, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Floyd Norman's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Floyd Norman lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Floyd Norman describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Floyd Norman describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Floyd Norman describes his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Floyd Norman describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Floyd Norman lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Floyd Norman describes his neighborhood in Santa Barbara, California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Floyd Norman describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Floyd Norman remembers the Lincoln School in Santa Barbara, California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Floyd Norman describes his early interest in art
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Floyd Norman describes his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Floyd Norman describes his family's musical talents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Floyd Norman remembers Santa Barbara Junior High School in Santa Barbara, California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Floyd Norman describes his early cartoon art
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Floyd Norman remembers Santa Barbara High School in Santa Barbara, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Floyd Norman recalls his mentors at Santa Barbara High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Floyd Norman describes his assistantship with Bill Woggon, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Floyd Norman describes his assistantship with Bill Woggon, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Floyd Norman describes his role as the cartoonist for his school newspaper
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Floyd Norman describes his extracurricular activities during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Floyd Norman recalls interviewing at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Floyd Norman remembers the Art Center School in Pasadena, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Floyd Norman remembers race relations in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Floyd Norman describes his apprenticeship at the Walt Disney Studios
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Floyd Norman remembers seeing Walt Disney for the first time, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Floyd Norman remembers seeing Walt Disney for the first time, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Floyd Norman describes his personal life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Floyd Norman describes his transition from animation to storyboarding
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Floyd Norman reflects upon the absence of artists of color at Walt Disney Studios
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Floyd Norman describes the story department at the Walt Disney Studios
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Floyd Norman remembers filming the Watts riots in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Floyd Norman recalls the lack of diversity in the media
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Floyd Norman remembers Walt Disney
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Floyd Norman remembers the opening of Disneyland in Anaheim, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Floyd Norman describes his work on 'The Jungle Book'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Floyd Norman recall serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Floyd Norman remembers Walt Disney's death
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Floyd Norman remembers founding Vignette Films, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Floyd Norman recalls meeting his first wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Floyd Norman describes the dissolution of Vignette Films, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Floyd Norman describes his work for Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. and 'Sesame Street'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Floyd Norman reflects upon the changes in children's television programs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Floyd Norman recalls being honored by the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Floyd Norman describes his return to the Walt Disney Studios
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Floyd Norman describes his position as a story artist at Walt Disney Studios
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Floyd Norman reflects upon the lack of people of color in animation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Floyd Norman describes his work with Pixar Animation Studios
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Floyd Norman talks about creating the Afrokids website
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Floyd Norman describes his work on 'Wild Life' and 'Curious George'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Floyd Norman describes his awards
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Floyd Norman reflects upon his career at Walt Disney Studios
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Floyd Norman reflects upon his life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Floyd Norman shares his advice for aspiring animators
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Floyd Norman reflects upon his life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Floyd Norman describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Floyd Norman describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Floyd Norman reflects upon the importance of history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Floyd Norman shows his Disney Legends award