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Feature Films
Below is a list of films that Frank and Ollie have contributed to over the nearly 50 years that they worked at Disney. To order our books from Amazon.com, click on the movies title.



Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  • Snow White was known as "Disney's Folly" at the time - it was certainly Walt's biggest gamble. Would the audience laugh at the witch? Could we "kill the heroine?"
  • FRANK: Animator: Dwarfs, all 7 of them!
  • OLLIE: Becomes Assistant Animator with Fred Moore, in charge of all dwarf drawings.


Pinocchio (1940)
  • Walt became excited by the lack of limitations on his ideas. There were no restrictions on what could be created in animation.
  • FRANK & OLLIE: Animation Directors on Pinocchio.
  • FRANK: Pinocchio on strings & puppet show.
  • OLLIE: Pinocchio talking to Blue Fairy, telling a lie.


Fantasia (1940)
  • From the beginning, "Fantasia" was known only as "The Concert Feature".
  • OLLIE: Segment of The Pastoral Symphony - Animation
  • FRANK: Started experimental animation on Bambi
  • WALT: "That stuff is pure gold, fellas".
  • FRANK & OLLIE: Supervising Animators on Bambi.
  • FRANK: Young Bambi, Butterfly, Thumper, skunk, Faline & Bambi's mother.
  • OLLIE: Baby Bambi; older Bambi meets neighborhood; Thumper recites poetry on the meadow; meets Stag.

  • Films combining several shorts in kind of "junior Fantasia".
  • FRANK & OLLIE: Both animated on The Flying Gaucho. (Gauchito).

  • OLLIE: Animator: Casey at the Bat & Peter and the Wolf.


Song of the South (1946)

  • Featuring the comedy team of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and Brer Bear by Joel Chandler Harris. These well-known classics were completed by the best of the studio artists.
  • OLLIE: Directing animator: Running Away, Tar Baby, the Laughing Place.


Melody Time (1948)
  • OLLIE: Directing Animator: Little Toot & Johnny Appleseed.
  • FRANK: Director: Johnny Appleseed with Jim Algar.


Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
  • FRANK & OLLIE: Directing Animators: Rat, Mole, Toad, Cyril & Ichabod, Katrina, Brom Bones.
  • Proved that the audience preferred a story about a pretty, young girl living in the midst of evil.
  • OLLIE: Directing Animator: Stepsisters, Lackey.
  • FRANK: Directing Animator: Stepmother, Duke.
  • The story was a favorite of Walt's but none of us could fully capture the characters of Lewis Carrol's imagination.
  • OLLIE: Directing Animator: Alice, King of Hearts.
  • FRANK: Directing Animator: Queen of Hearts, doorknob.
  • WALT: "Yes, but you don't mind it so much when you see it." (Overheard in England)
  • OLLIE: Directing Animator: Mr. Smee.
  • FRANK: Directing Animator: Captain Hook.
  • We finally had a chance to animate "believable dogs."
  • OLLIE: Directing Animator: Lady, Jock, Trusty.
  • FRANK: Directing Animator: Jock, Tramp and Lady (eating spaghetti).
  • Walt was so busy with TV shows, Parks and True Life Adventures that he couldn't give his full attention to this feature. Result - it was dazzling in color and design but lacked warmth.
  • OLLIE: Directing Animator: Flora, Fauna & Merryweather
  • FRANK: Directing Animator: Flora, Fauna & Merryweather.
  • More believable dogs (and a wild, believable villain.)
  • OLLIE: Directing Animator: Pongo, Perdita, Nanny Cook, Puppies.
  • FRANK: Directing Animator: Pongo, Perdita, Puppies.

  • Some of our best animation is scattered throughout this lively film.
  • OLLIE: Directing Animator: Merlin, Wart, Archimedes, Laughing Owl.
  • FRANK: Directing Animator: Squirrels, Madam Mim
  • Combination of live action and animation created a great picture.
  • OLLIE: Directing Animator, Penguins as waiters.
  • FRANK: Directing Animator, Penguins as dancers.
  • Our last film with Walt, and one of our best.
  • OLLIE: Directing Animator: Baloo, Bagheera, Mowgli, and The Girl.
  • FRANK: Directing Animator: Mowgli, Kaa, Baloo, and King Louie.
  • Our first film without Walt -- many tough problems but a popular picture.
  • OLLIE: Directing Animator: cats and geese, Amelia, Abigail, Uncle Waldo.
  • FRANK: Directing Animator: O'Malley, Duchess, Geese, Napoleon, Lafayette, Butler.
  • Another popular picture in spite of weak structure.
  • OLLIE: Directing Animator: Prince John, Sir Hiss, Robin Hood, Little John, Maid Marian.
  • FRANK: Directing Animator: Robin Hood as Stork, Maid Marian, Bunnies, Toby, Sheriff.
  • We got more "heart" in a picture once again. Our best film on our own. Most animators retired after completing this Picture.
  • OLLIE: Directing Animator: Orville, Bernard, Bianca, Rufus, Penny.
  • FRANK: Directing Animator: Bernard, Bianca, Crocodiles, Chairman, Ellie Mae, Luke, Orville.
  • Feature film made by combining three shorts together with a new start and finish
  • OLLIE: Animator, Pooh, Piglet.
  • FRANK: Animator, Pooh, Piglet.
  • The new regime takes over.
  • OLLIE: Directing Animator: young Tod, young Copper, Chief, Vixey, and Tod.
  • FRANK: Directing Animator: young Tod, young Copper.

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