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Walter "Walt" Stanchfield was an American animator, writer, and teacher. Stanchfield is known for work on a series of classic animated feature films at Walt Disney Productions/Walt Disney Feature Animation and his mentoring of Disney animators. He often assisted Ollie Johnston and John Lounsbery.

Stanchfield was born in 1919 in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from high school in 1937, he would attend Chouinard Art Institute, the prototype for Cal Arts and the school that held classes to strengthen the drawing of the Disney Animators. Stanchfield worked as an animator at the Charles Mintz Studio. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. Returning to California, he briefly worked at the Walter Lantz Studio before joining Walt Disney Productions to work on the full-length animated feature The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad in 1947 assisting Lounsbery. He continued to work with the veteran animator on films like Cinderella, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, and Sleeping Beauty. After ten years with Lounsbery, he moved on to work under Ollie Johnston for another ten years.

His later career included work on every subsequent Disney animated feature including his work as a character animator on The Jungle Book and The Aristocats. On The Rescuers, Stanchfield went back to assisting Ollie one last time before being promoted to the position of coordinating animator. In 1987, Stanchfield served as the animation consultant on Who Framed Roger Rabbit. His final film for Disney was Oliver & Company in 1988.

In the 1970s, Stanchfield and Eric Larson created a training program for new animators at Disney studios. The program included weekly drawing classes and lectures. Stanchfied's students included numerous prominent animators, such as Brad Bird, John Lasseter, Don Bluth, Joe Ranft, John Musker, Ron Clements, Glen Keane, Andreas Deja, and Mark Henn.

Stanchfield continued to come once a month to Disney to lecture well into the 1990s before passing away in 2000. In 2009, Stanchfield's lecture notes were compiled into the two-volume set Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes.

Disney Filmography

Year Film Position
1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad assistant animator
1950 Cinderella assistant animator - uncredited
1953 Peter Pan assistant animator - uncredited
1955 Lady and the Tramp assistant animator - uncredited
1959 Sleeping Beauty animator - uncredited
1963 The Sword in the Stone animator - uncredited
1967 The Jungle Book Character Animator
1970 The Aristocats Character Animator
1971 Bedknobs and Broomsticks animator - uncredited
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Animator: "Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree"
"Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day"
1977 The Rescuers Key Assistant Animator
1978 The Small One Assistant Animation Supervisor
1981 The Fox and the Hound Coordinating Animator
1983 Mickey's Christmas Carol The Creative Talent Of
1985 The Black Cauldron Key Coordinating Animator
1986 The Great Mouse Detective Coordinating Animator
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Animation Consultant
1988 Oliver & Company Production Consultant
2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Special Thanks


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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 MuseRudolf Ising
Visual Development, Layout, Background Artists and Character Designers: Gustaf TenggrenMary BlairMarjorie RalstonLillian BoundsJoe GrantMel ShawClaude CoatsDon DaGradiJohn HenchEyvind EarleKen O'ConnorThor PutnamAlbert HurterJohn HubleyHerbert RymanDon GriffithBasil DavidovichJack BoydPeter EllenshawRuthie Tompson
Storyboard Artists and Writers: Bill PeetRalph WrightDick HuemerFloyd NormanYale GraceyTed SearsErdman PennerJoe RinaldiWinston HiblerOtto EnglanderWilliam CottrellBill BergAl BertinoT. HeeHomer BrightmanTed OsbourneLarry ClemmonsHarry Reeves
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 RicePhil CollinsGlenn SlaterStephen 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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