David Swift was an American screenwriter, animator, director, and producer.

Born in Minneapolis, Swift's father owned a factory that made sausage casings. He dropped out of school at the age of 17 and boarded a freight train to California to pursue his goal of working for Walt Disney. Swift started out Walt Disney Pictures at as an office boy and later assistant animator to Ward Kimball before becoming a full animator. He worked on such classic animated Disney films, such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Peter Pan.

Swift eventually switched careers from animation to screenwriting and made his directing debut with the Disney film, Pollyanna, starring Hayley Mills where he had an uncredited cameo as a fireman. After Pollyanna, Swift wrote and directed the film, The Parent Trap, again starring Mills and thirty seven years later directed and wrote the 1998 remake with Lindsay Lohan.

In the late 1970s, Swift returned to Disney and wrote the screenplay for the Jodie Foster movie Candleshoe. He was originally set to direct the picture, before being taken off the project and replaced with Norman Tokar.

Outside of Disney, Swift directed movies like The Interns, How to Succeed in Business Without Trying, Love is a Ball, Under the Yum Tum Tree, and Good Neighbor Sam. He also created television shows like Norby, Arnie, Mister Peepers and the television adaptation of The Interns. He also contributed to The Love Boat, Camp Runamok, Wagon Train, Rawhide, Barney Miller, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Climax! and The Rifleman.

Disney Filmography

Year Film Position
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Animator - uncredited
1940 Pinocchio Animator - uncredited
1940 Fantasia Animator - uncredited
1941 The Reluctant Dragon Animator
1941 The Nifty Nineties Animator - uncredited
1953 Peter Pan Animator - uncredited
1960 Pollyanna Director
Producer
Writer
1961 The Parent Trap Director
Producer
Writer
1963-1976 The Magical World of Disney Director
Writer
1977 Candleshoe Writer
1998 The Parent Trap Director, Producer, Writer


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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 Hand
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 Davidovich
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 Anderson

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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