Basil "Vasili" Davidovich was a Russian-born animator, who did layout work for Walt Disney Animation Studios at different points in his career.

Davidovich began his animation work in the mid-1930s where worked at both Disney and Warner Bros. Animation. Joining the 1941 Disney strike and a breif stint at Screen Gems, He left the studio for a time and continued to Warner Bros. While there, Davidovich worked under the direction of Bob Clampett, Chuck Jones, and Arthur Davis, with former Disney animators: Don Williams, Bill Melendez, and Emery Hawkins, where he would animate variuos Looney Tunes shorts related to characters, like Bug Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig.

When returned to Disney in the 1950s, Davidovich worked as a layout artist for Disney's anthology series before working on several films, like Sleeping Beauty, The Sword in the Stone, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, and Robin Hood.

He died on May 28, 1978 in Santa Barbara and is interned at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

Disney Filmography

Year Film Position
1941 Pluto's Playmate animator - uncredited
1941 A Gentleman's Gentleman animator - uncredited
1941 Dumbo animator - uncredited
1955-1970 The Magical World of Disney layout artist
background artist
1957 The Story of Anyburg, U.S.A. layout artist
1957 The Truth About Mother Goose layout artist
1959 Sleeping Beauty layout
1959 Donald in Mathmagic Land layout artist
1960 Goliath II layout artist
1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians layout artist
1961 Aquamania layout artist
1963 The Sword in the Stone layout
1967 The Jungle Book layout artist
1970 The Aristocats layout artist
1971 Bedknobs and Broomsticks layout - uncredited
1973 Robin Hood layout
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh layout artist: "Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree"
"Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day"

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1920’s—1970’s
Disney's Nine Old Men: Milt KahlFrank ThomasOllie JohnstonLes ClarkJohn LounsberyMarc DavisWard KimballEric LarsonWolfgang Reitherman

Animators: Bill TytlaArt BabbittLee BlairPreston BlairFred MooreShamus CulhaneCy YoungDon LuskNorman FergusonHal KingJack HannahDick KinneyHal AmbroKen O'BrienJudge WhitakerBill JusticeDon BluthGary GoldmanCharles A. NicholsBlaine GibsonJohn EwingWalt StanchfieldFred HellmichAmby PaliwodaWilfred JacksonXavier AtencioBen SharpsteenEarl HurdDale OliverEric CleworthDavid HandFred SpencerJulius SvendsenEd BenedictKenneth Muse
Visual Development, Layout, Background Artists and Character Designers: Gustaf TenggrenMary BlairMarjorie RalstonJoe GrantMel ShawClaude CoatsDon DaGradiJohn HenchEyvind EarleKen O'ConnorThor PutnamAlbert HurterJohn HubleyHerbert RymanDon GriffithBasil DavidovichJack Boyd
Storyboard Artists and Writers: Bill PeetRalph WrightDick HuemerFloyd NormanYale GraceyTed SearsErdman PennerJoe RinaldiWinston HiblerOtto EnglanderWilliam CottrellBill BergAl BertinoT. HeeHomer Brightman
Directors: Clyde GeronimiHamilton LuskeJack KinneyTed BermanRichard RichNathan GrenoGeorge ScribnerRiley Thomson
Producers: Walt DisneyRon MillerKen AndersonDon DuckwallPerce Pearce

1980’s—Present
Renaissance Directors: Rob MinkoffRoger AllersGary TrousdaleKirk WiseChris SandersMark DindalJohn Musker

Story Trust Directors: Ron ClementsChris BuckByron HowardDon HallChris WilliamsRich MooreStephen J. Anderson
Producers: Peter Del VechoClark SpencerRoy ConliDorothy McKimDon Hahn
Chief Creative Officer: Jennifer Lee
Associated Figures: Bob IgerRoy Edward DisneyMichael EisnerJohn LasseterEd CatmullJeffrey KatzenbergBob Chapek
Signature Voice Actors: Jim CummingsAlan TudykKatie LowesJohn DiMaggioMaurice LaMarcheJodi BensonDavid Ogden StiersJesse CortiPaul BriggsRaymond S. PersiPhil JohnstonFrank WelkerBill FarmerBrian Cummings
Signature Musicians: Sherman Brothers Robert B. Sherman Richard Sherman Alan Menken Kristen Anderson-Lopez Robert LopezLin-Manuel MirandaHoward AshmanTim RiceStephen SchwartzMarc Shaiman
Supervising Animators: Glen KeaneAndreas DejaAlex KupershmidtEric GoldbergMark HennJohn PomeroyRandy HaycockDale BaerT. Daniel HofstedtTony BancroftTom BancroftTony FucileAnthony DeRosaRuss EdmondsMichael SurreyBruce W.SmithDuncan MarjoribanksRuben AquinoNik RanieriRon HusbandRick FarmiloeTom SitoTony AnselmoRandy Cartwright
Visual Development & Storyboard Artists: Dean DeBloisLisa KeeneClaire KeaneBrittney LeeJin KimShiyoon KimCory Loftis

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