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Floyd Norman Legendary Disney Animator Who Broke Color Barrier to Receive Special Achievement Awards


Posted by Larry Gleeson

By Alexander Nguyen (Patch Staff)

MARINA DEL REY, CA — Disney’s first full-time black animator, Floyd Norman, will be receiving a special achievement award from the African American Film Critics Association at its annual awards ceremony in January in Marina Del Rey, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.

Norman, 81, who broke the color barrier in the 1950s, will be receiving the Legendary Animator Award, the group announced this week. Norman has worked on classics such as Sleeping Beauty and The Jungle Book, and, more recently, Pixar’s Monster’s Inc. before retiring, according to the Daily News.

A documentary of his life and works, Floyd Norman: An Animated Life, was released in August.

The African American Film Critics Association awards will be held at the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey on Jan. 7, 2017.

For more on this story, visit the Daily News.

— Photo courtesy of the African American Film Critics Association