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

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

Personal Info

Known For Visual Effects

Gender Male

Known Credits 58

Birthday 1909-06-26

Day of Death 1985-05-22

Place of Birth Munich, Germany

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Wooly Reitherman
  • Woolie Reitherman

Visual Effects TV ShowsMovies

1955 Lady and the Tramp Animation
1953 Peter Pan Animation
1951 Alice in Wonderland Animation
1950 Cinderella Animation Director
1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Animation Director
1949 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Animation
1949 Goofy Gymnastics Animation
1949 Tennis Racquet Animation
1947 Fun & Fancy Free Animation Director
1947 Mickey and the Beanstalk Animation
1942 How to Fish Animation
1942 How to Swim Animation
1942 El Gaucho Goofy Animation
1942 Saludos Amigos Animation
1941 Dumbo Animation
1941 How to Ride a Horse Animation
1941 The Reluctant Dragon Animation
1940 Fantasia Animation
1940 Pinocchio Animation Director Animation
1939 Donald's Cousin Gus Animation
1939 Goofy and Wilbur Animation
1938 Polar Trappers Animation
1938 Donald's Nephews Animation
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Animation
1937 Clock Cleaners Animation
1937 Hawaiian Holiday Animation
1937 The Worm Turns Animation
1936 Moving Day Animation
1936 Elmer Elephant Animation
1935 Broken Toys Animation
1935 Cock o' the Walk Animation
1935 Music Land Animation
1935 Mickey's Fire Brigade Animation
1935 Water Babies Animation
1935 Mickey's Service Station Animation
1935 The Band Concert Animation
1934 Two-Gun Mickey Animation
1934 The Goddess of Spring Animation
1934 The Wise Little Hen Animation
1934 Funny Little Bunnies Animation

Directing

1977 The Rescuers Director
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Director
1973 Robin Hood Director
1970 The Aristocats Director
1968 Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day Director
1967 The Jungle Book Director
1966 Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree Director
1963 The Sword in the Stone Director
1961 Aquamania Director
1961 The Wonderful World of Disney (1 episode)Director
1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians Director
1960 Goliath II Director
1959 Donald in Mathmagic Land Director
1959 Sleeping Beauty Director
1957 The Truth About Mother Goose Director
1954 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (2 episodes)Director

Production

1981 The Fox and the Hound Co-Producer
1977 The Rescuers Producer
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Producer
1973 Robin Hood Producer
1970 The Aristocats Producer

Camera

1968 Blackbeard's Ghost Director of Photography

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