Retta Davidson (November 1, 1921 in Arcadia, California – June 12, 1998 in Carlsbad, California) was an animator who worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios from 1980 to 1985. She is not to be confused with Retta Scott, another female animator who worked at the studios during the 1940s. During her career at Disney, she helped train younger animators along with Eric Larson. After graduating from high school in 1939, Davidson joined Disney as an inker and painter, where she worked on Pinocchio, Bambi, Fantasia, and Sleeping Beauty. The Disney studios were affected by the resultant labor shortage from World War II, and many of their lead animators were drafted to serve in the First Motion Picture Unit. In 1941, the studio asked members of the Ink and Paint Department to submit artwork to be considered for animation training and jobs in the animation department. Davidson was one of a group of ten women accepted to the program. Davidson worked as an animator for a year before taking leave from the studio in 1942 to enlist in the United States Navy, which she served for four years. She returned to Disney Studios after the war, where she worked as an animator until 1966.
|1981||The Fox and the Hound||Coordinating Animator|
|1983||Mickey's Christmas Carol||The Creative Talent Of|
|1985||The Black Cauldron||Coordinating Animator|
|1986||The Great Mouse Detective||Coordinating Animator|