Erdman Heinrich Penner was a Canadian screenwriter and songwriter, who worked with many writers at Disney Studios such as Ted Sears, Winston Hibler, Bill Cottrell, Bill Peet, and Perce Pearce.

Penner was born on January 17, 1905 in Saskatchewan, Canada, but moved the U.S. where he began work with Disney in the late 1930s with Mickey Mouse shorts before moving up to feature films, like Pinocchio, Melody Time, Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, and Sleeping Beauty.

An occasional musician, Penner played the saxophone, tuba, and violin as well as wrote song for some of the films he was writing.

By the time Lady and the Tramp was in production, Penner had been promoted to associate producer, however, he died on November 10, 1956; nearly over a year after his promotion.

Disney Filmography

Year Film Position
1937 Mickey's Amateurs Story - uncredited
Director - uncredited
1938 Farmyard Symphony Story - uncredited
1940 Pinocchio Story Adaptation
1940 Fantasia Story Development - segment "The Pastoral Symphony"
1941 The Reluctant Dragon Story "Reluctant Dragon" sequence
Lyrics: "The Relucant Dragon"
1943 Victory Through Air Power Story Adaptation
1946 Make Mine Music Story
1948 Melody Time Story: "Pecos Bill"
"The Legend of Johnny Appleseed"
1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Story: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
1950 Cinderella Story
1950 One Hour in Wonderland Himself
1951 Alice in Wonderland Story
Music Department - uncredited
1953 Peter Pan Story
Lyrics "A Pirate's Life (Is a Wonderful Life)" - uncredited
1954-1957 The Magical World of Disney Story
"Cavalcade of Songs" as Himself
1955 Dateline: Disneyland Himself
1955 Lady and the Tramp Story
Associate Producer
1959 Sleeping Beauty Posthumous Release: Story Adaptation
Lyrics: "Skumps" - uncredited

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