Homer H. Brightman was an American screenwriter and story artist, who worked for Walt Disney Animation Studios, where he prominently worked on films related to what is collectively known as the Package Film Era. (1942-1949).

Brightman was born on June 1, 1901 in Seattle Washington and began working for Disney in 1935 to 1950. His time at the studio is detailed in his memoir, Life in the Mouse House: Memoir of a Disney Story Artist, where he acknowledged Walt as a great pitchman and perfectionist but also often difficult to work with because of this as well as details that led to the 1941 animation strike. Despite the turmoil, he continued to work with on projects, like The Three Caballeros, Make Mine Music, Fun and Fancy Free, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, and Cinderella. He also worked as the original gag writer for Al Taliaferro's Donald Duck newspaper comic strip from 1938–1940, before Bob Karp took his place.

After leaving Disney, Brightman continued to work on story concepts for various studios like Walter Lantz Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio, UPA, Larry Harmon Pictures, Cambria Productions and DePatie-Freleng Enterprises. During this time period, he worked on various Woody Woodpecker shorts, The Dick Tracy Show, and Bozo: The World's Most Famous Clown.

Brightman died on January 30, 1988. He was buried in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico at Gate of Heaven Cemetery but some sources claim he died in Kirkland, Washington.

Disney Filmography

Year Film Position
1936 Alpine Climbers story - uncredited
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs story artist
1940 The Fire Chief writer - uncredited
1940 Pinocchio concept art
1942 Saludos Amigos story: "Lake Titicaca"
1944 The Three Caballeros story
1945 Old Sequoia story
1946 Make Mine Music story
1946 Dumbell of the Yukon story
1947 Fun and Fancy Free story: "Mickey and the Beanstalk"
1948 Melody Time story: "Casey at the Bat"
1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad story: "The Wind in the Willows"
1950 Cinderella story
1968 Pablo and the Dancing Chihuahua story

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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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