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Floyd Norman: An Animated Life

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Erik Sharkey & Michael Fiore

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About the Movie

An intimate journey through the life and career of 80-year-old Floyd Norman, the first African-American animator at Disney Studios. Norman began his Disney career as an ‘inbetweener’ on Sleeping Beauty, eventually rising to develop the story for The Jungle Book. After Walt Disney’s death in 1966, Norman left Disney to found Vignette Films, where he developed the original Fat Albert TV special and produced segments for Sesame Street. Still tirelessly working on projects for Disney and Pixar, Floyd Norman is the “Supermensch” of animation: everywhere you look in animation history, you find Floyd.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 14
  • Fresh: 13
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Floyd Norman doesn't think he's special. Many others know differently, and for those who need more proof, "Floyd Norman: An Animated Life" is delighted to supply it. – Ken Jaworowski, New York Times, Aug 25, 2016

Fresh: Like the man himself, "Floyd Norman: An Animated Life" is genial on the surface but lets us go a little deeper into an unusual life than we might have expected. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Aug 25, 2016

Fresh: It serves as an entertaining salute to an unsung figure whose considerable accomplishments well deserve recognition. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Aug 31, 2016

Fresh: Michael Fiore and Erik Sharkey's film is most revealing and involving when Norman, now 80, talks and sketches, his pen and mind both lively. – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, Aug 24, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Floyd Norman: An Animated Life Is An Excellent Movie!

This is an insightful look at not just Floyd's fascinating story but the animation industry as well. I worked as a production assistant at Walt Disney Feature Animation in the 1990s, and I think this is some of the best explanation of the process and the people that's ever been made. It's funny, sometimes infuriating, very informative, and full of great appearances by people who've worked with Floyd. The way he shrugs at being the first black animator is amusing. I had no idea he shot the iconic 16mm footage of the Watts Riots, and with Roy E. Disney's camera from the True Life Stories at that! It's a highly enjoyable film, and I am glad I bought it on iTunes instead of just renting because I will definitely watch it again!


This is the movie to watch for aspiring artist who want to learn the challenges of being an artist

Floyd Norman: An Animated Life
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2016

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