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Otto Englander was a Bosnian screenwriter of Jewish descent who worked for Disney during the early years of the company and wrote episodes for the Disney anthology series.

Englander was born on February 17, 1906 in Tuzla to Bela Englender and Gisela Lisska. At the age of twenty, he left Tuzla and went to the United States, where he graduated from the Chester School of Art in New York. After graduating, he headed to Los Angeles and became a part of Walt Disney's creative team while also working separately at Ub Iwerks' own animation studio as well.

Englander quickly established himself as a reliable partner, and became the author of screenplays and stories for numerous animated shorts about Mickey Mouse and other Silly Symphonies. In 1937, he contributed to the writing team responsible for adapting Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs into a full-length animated feature film. The success of the film lead to more features like Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Dumbo.

In addition to animated films, Englander has also worked on screenplays for feature films such as Massacre River, The Boy from Indiana, The Diamond Queen, and an episode of The Cisco Kid.

He was married to Erna Pinto, also originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, who was a US Politics correspondent.

He died in Los Angeles on October 13, 1969. In his memory, the Tuzla Film Festival has been awarding the Otto Englander Award for Best Screenplay since 2018.

Disney Filmography

Year Film Position
1931 Mickey Cuts Up story - uncredited
1934 The Wise Little Hen story - uncredited
1935 Cock o' the Walk writer
1935 Broken Toys writer - uncredited
1936 Mickey's Polo Team writer - uncredited
1936 Moving Day story - uncredited
1936 Mickey's Circus story - uncredited
1936 Three Blind Mouseketeers writer - uncredited
1937 The Worm Turns story - uncredited
1937 Don Donald writer - uncredited
1937 Moose Hunters story - uncredited
1937 Clock Cleaners story - uncredited
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs story adaptation
1938 Polar Trappers story - uncredited
1938 The Fox Hunt story - uncredited
1938 The Whalers story - uncredited
1939 Goofy and Wilbur story - uncredited
1940 Pinocchio story adaptation
1940 Fantasia story development - segment "The Pastoral Symphony"
1941 Dumbo story direction
1955-1970 The Magical World of Disney writer
1968 Understanding Stresses and Strains story
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