8:57am PT by George Johnston
'Floyd Norman: An Animated Life ' Trailer Reveals How an Artist Defied the Odds to Become a Disney Legend (Exclusive)
Legendary animator Floyd Norman is headed to San Diego Comic-Con for the screening of the documentary about his career — and Heat Vision has an early look at the film.
Floyd Norman: An Animated Life tells the story of Floyd Norman, who was the first African American animator to work for Walt Disney Animation Studios and whose career has spanned 60 years.
Norman began his career at Disney in 1956 as an inbetweener for Sleeping Beauty. He worked his way up to movies like One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, and The Jungle Book. Norman was there for many of the key events in Disney's history, giving him the reputation as "The Forrest Gump" of the animation industry.
After Walt Disney died in 1966, Norman left the company to work on Saturday morning cartoons shows like Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids before returning to Disney productions in the 1970's for Robin Hood.
After overcoming doubts from people that he could break into Disney because of his race, he found ageism to be the next hurdle, when he was forced into retirement at 65. But now 81, Norman works as a freelancer at Disney and has said he plans to die at the drawing board.
Floyd Norman: An Animated Life, screens at Comic-Con at 3:10 p.m. Friday and will be followed by a Q&A with Norman, filmmakers Michael Fiore and Erik Sharkey, as well as Music Composer Ryan Shore. A separate panel on the film will be held Friday at 9 p.m. More information on the documentary can be found on the official website.
The film will hit theaters and VOD platforms on August 26th from FilmBuff and can be preordered here.