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Dale Elred Oliver was an American assistant animator at Disney, who often worked closely with Frank Thomas, cleaning and refining drawings, and sometimes with Eric Larson.

Oliver grew up on a east Kansas farm and studied art at Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas. He entered the US Army in March of 1942 and then entered the Army Air Corps Glider Pilot Program that summer. He went to the European Theater of Operations, (ETO), and was assigned to the 434th Troop Carrier Group. He participated in the airborne operations in Normandy (D-Day), Holland, and the Rhine River Crossing. While in the army, he sketched and painted art related to his time as a pilot.

After the war, Oliver began his career as a commercial illustrator, working for the Walt Disney Studio in the animation department in 1947. He contributed to animated films, like Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Rescuers, and The Fox and the Hound, where Wolfgang Reitherman has asked him to help animate after Frank Thomas left the production. Oliver also taught classes at a union for new talent in the industry.

After thirty-five years, he was forced to retire following a bad car accident which resulted him being in a coma for several days and the death of his fiancée. Despite this tragedy, he kept himself busy with sculpturing. He died of an aneurysm in 2003.

Disney Filmography

Year Film Position
1953 Peter Pan assistant animator - uncredited
1955 Lady and the Tramp assistant animator
1959 Sleeping Beauty assistant animator
1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians assistant animator
1963 The Sword in the Stone assistant animator - uncredited
1967 The Jungle Book assistant animator
1973 Robin Hood key assistant animator
1974 Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too animator - uncredited
1977 The Rescuers key assistant animator
1981 The Fox and the Hound character animation
1990 The Rescuers Down Under animator - uncredited (early production)

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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 MuseRudolf Ising
Visual Development, Layout, Background Artists and Character Designers: Gustaf TenggrenMary BlairMarjorie RalstonLillian BoundsJoe GrantMel ShawClaude CoatsDon DaGradiJohn HenchEyvind EarleKen O'ConnorThor PutnamAlbert HurterJohn HubleyHerbert RymanDon GriffithBasil DavidovichJack BoydPeter Ellenshaw
Storyboard Artists and Writers: Bill PeetRalph WrightDick HuemerFloyd NormanYale GraceyTed SearsErdman PennerJoe RinaldiWinston HiblerOtto EnglanderWilliam CottrellBill BergAl BertinoT. HeeHomer BrightmanTed OsbourneLarry ClemmonsHarry Reeves
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 RicePhil CollinsGlenn SlaterStephen 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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