Wolfgang Reitherman

Birthday:

06/26/1909

Place of birth:

Munich, Germany:

Biography:

Reitherman began working for Disney in 1934, along with future Disney legends Ward Kimball and Milt Kahl. The three worked together on a number of classic Disney shorts, including The Band Concert, Music Land, and Elmer Elephant and in all, Reitherman worked on various Disney feature films produced from 1937 to 1981, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Slave in the Magic Mirror) to The Fox and the Hound (co-producer). He did the climatic dinosaur fight in Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring in Fantasia, the Headless Horseman chase in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" section in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, the Crocodile in Peter Pan, and Maleficent as a dragon in Sleeping Beauty (the former three he animated and the latter he directed). Beginning with 1961's One Hundred and One Dalmatians, "Woolie", as he was called by friends, served as Disney's chief animation director. One of Reitherman's productions, the 1968 short Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. He also served as a producer and sequence director, and starred as himself in the 1941 feature film The Reluctant Dragon. All three of Reitherman's sons — Bruce, Richard and Robert — provided voices for Disney characters, including Mowgli in The Jungle Book, Christopher Robin in Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, and Wart in The Sword in the Stone. Reitherman directed several Disney animated feature films including, One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961), The Sword in the Stone (1963), The Jungle Book (1967), The Aristocats (1970),Robin Hood (1973) and The Rescuers (1977). He is also known for reusing animation in movies directed by him. According to Floyd Norman, this was just one of his trademarks, and had nothing to do with time or cost savings: "Woolie was our director on The Jungle Book. Reuse was just Woolie’s thing. He never did it to save money. I really don’t think the “Old Guard” ever had any interest in saving money. I was never a big fan of reuse, but it wasn’t my place to tell these old guys what to do. One final thought. It never seemed to bother Walt, and I never heard him complain about reuse." -From Wikipedia entry



Credits

The Fox and the Hound (1981)
Co-Producer
The Rescuers (1977)
Director
The Rescuers (1977)
Producer
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
Director
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
Producer
Robin Hood (1973)
Director
Robin Hood (1973)
Producer
The Aristocats (1970)
Director
The Aristocats (1970)
Producer
Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968)
Director
Blackbeard's Ghost (1968)
Director of Photography
The Jungle Book (1967)
Director
Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966)
Director
The Sword in the Stone (1963)
Director
Aquamania (1961)
Director
One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
Director
Goliath II (1960)
Director
Donald in Mathmagic Land (1959)
Director
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Director
The Truth About Mother Goose (1957)
Director
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
Animation
Peter Pan (1953)
Animation
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Animation
Cinderella (1950)
Animation Director
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
Animation Director
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)
Animation
Goofy Gymnastics (1949)
Animation
Tennis Racquet (1949)
Animation
Mickey and the Beanstalk (1947)
Animation
Fun & Fancy Free (1947)
Animation Director
How to Fish (1942)
Animation
How to Swim (1942)
Animation
Saludos Amigos (1942)
Animation
El Gaucho Goofy (1942)
Animation
Dumbo (1941)
Animation
The Reluctant Dragon (1941)
Animation
How to Ride a Horse (1941)
Animation
Fantasia (1940)
Animation
Pinocchio (1940)
Animation
Pinocchio (1940)
Animation Director
Donald's Cousin Gus (1939)
Animation
Goofy and Wilbur (1939)
Animation
Polar Trappers (1938)
Animation
Donald's Nephews (1938)
Animation
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Animation
Clock Cleaners (1937)
Animation
Hawaiian Holiday (1937)
Animation
The Worm Turns (1937)
Animation
Moving Day (1936)
Animation
Elmer Elephant (1936)
Animation
Broken Toys (1935)
Animation
Cock o' the Walk (1935)
Animation
Music Land (1935)
Animation
Mickey's Fire Brigade (1935)
Animation
Water Babies (1935)
Animation
The Band Concert (1935)
Animation
Mickey's Service Station (1935)
Animation
Two-Gun Mickey (1934)
Animation
The Goddess of Spring (1934)
Animation
The Wise Little Hen (1934)
Animation
Funny Little Bunnies (1934)
Animation