John Hubley

John Hubley (1914-1977) was an artist at the Walt Disney studios during the late 1930s and early 1940s.

Hubley was primarily an art director on feature films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Fantasia. He was fired from the studio for his participation in the infamous Disney animators strike in 1941 and after a brief stint at Columbia's Screen Gems cartoon studio, he became one of the founders of United Productions of America (UPA), whose innovative and stylized designs challenged the "illusion of life" approach that Disney had been advocating.

After leaving UPA in 1952 after refusing to name Communist party members before the House of Un-American Activities Committee, thus putting him on the blacklist, Hubley started his own studio to produce on commercials before he went on to create independent short films with his wife Faith Elliot, several of which earned them Academy Awards.

Work for Disney

Year Film Position
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Art Director (uncredited)
1940 Pinocchio Art Director
1940 Fantasia Art Director ("Rite of Spring" segment)
1941 Dumbo Art Director (uncredited)
1942 Bambi Art Director