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Harry Reeves was an American animator and screenwriter, who worked in Disney Studios for three decades.

Born to William Reeves, a meat salesman, and Nettie Epperson in 1906, Reeves hitchhiked from his home for a short trip to southern California, where he fell in love with show business. After graduating from Wiley High School, he concentrated on honing his artistic skills at John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis for a few years before moving on to the National Academy of Design and Columbia University in New York.

While serving as a barker at a Broadway theater in 1929, he met three animators from Pat Sullivan Cartoon Studios, producer of Felix the Cat shorts and soon got a job with them. He met and worked under pioneer film animator Otto Messmer, creator of Felix. The studio was reluctant to make cartoons with voices, so Reeves left in November of 1930 for Disney Studios. He earned $60 a week as an "apprentice cartoon animator" and worked on the Silly Symphonies with Ben Sharpsteen and David Hand. In 1934, he became an "animator and apprentice story writer" and finally, in July 1937, he became a story director for three Donald Duck shorts: Good Scouts (1938), Donald's Lucky Day (1939), and The Autograph Hound (1939). He also worked on shorts for Mickey Mouse and Pluto. During World War II, he teamed up with Homer Brightman to help conceive Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros, First Aiders, Make Mine Music, Canine Casanova, and Canine Patrol.

Later in life, Reeves then amassed a large fortune as a real estate developer. On his 65th birthday, February 9, 1971, a home he was building in Selmar was destroyed in the San Fernando earthquake. Though his family didn't yet reside in the home, he had established a studio of his Disney art and other memorabilia there. While sorting through the rubble to salvage his collection four days later, he suffered a fatal heart attack.

He was survived by his wife and daughter, who attended Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College; his brother Roy, a printer with the Terre Haute Tribune-Star for many years; his sister-in-law Edith (Bogard) Reeves; and his nephew Ron, former vice president for development and external affairs at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Disney Filmography

Year Film Position
1931 The Busy Beavers animator
1931 The Cat's Out animator - uncredited
1931 Blue Rhythm animator - uncredited
1931 Egyptian Melodies animator - uncredited
1931 The Clock Store animator - uncredited
1931 The Spider and the Fly animator
1931 The Fox Hunt animator - uncredited
1931 The Beach Party animator - uncredited
1932 The Bird Store animator - uncredited
1932 The Duck Hunt animator - uncredited
1932 The Bears and Bees animator
1932 Just Dogs animator - uncredited
1932 King Neptune animator - uncredited
1932 The Klondike Kid animator - uncredited
1932 Santa's Workshop animator - uncredited
1933 Birds in the Spring animator - uncredited
1933 Mickey's Mellerdrammer animator - uncredited
1933 Father Noah's Ark animator - uncredited
1938 Donald's Better Self writer - uncredited
1938 Donald's Nephews story - uncredited
1938 Good Scouts writer
1938 Donald's Golf Game story - uncredited
1939 Donald's Lucky Day story - uncredited
1939 Donald's Cousin Gus story - uncredited
1939 The Autograph Hound writer - uncredited
1940 Mr. Duck Steps Out story - uncredited
1940 Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip story - uncredited
1940 Fire Chief uncredited
1941 Seven Wise Dwarfs story - uncredited
1942 Donald's Snow Fight story - uncredited
1942 Donald Gets Drafted story - uncredited
1942 Donald's Gold Mine writer
1942 Saludos Amigos story: "El Gaucho Goofy"
"Aquarela do Brasil"
1942 Bellboy Donald writer
1943 Donald's Tire Trouble writer
1944 The Three Caballeros writer - uncredited
1944 How to Play Football story
1944 First Aiders story
1945 The Clock Watcher story
1945 Canine Casanova story
1945 Canine Patrol story
1945 Make Mine Music writer
1946 Pluto's Kid Brother story
1946 In Dutch story
1946 Squatter's Rights writer
1946 The Purloined Pup story
1946 Dumbell of the Yukon story
1946 Lighthouse Keeping story
1947 Fun and Fancy Free story
1948 Melody Time story
1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad story: "The Wind in the Willows"
1949 Toy Tinkers story
1950 Cinderella story
1955 The Magical World of Disney "The Adventures of Mickey Mouse" - story


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