We all love Disney's enormous selection of classic films and characters, but without these people, we might not have ever gotten all of those classics made! So here's some noteworthy Disney staff for your reading pleasure.

Compare to NoteworthyFleischerStaff, NoteworthyLooneyTunesStaff and NoteworthyMGMCartoonStaff.
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!!Staff Includes:

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* AlanMenken: Was teamed up with Howard Ashman for the sound tracks for ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' and ''{{Disney/Aladdin}}''. He also composed the scores for ''{{Disney/Pocahontas}}'', ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', ''{{Disney/Hercules}}'', ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'' and ''{{Disney/Tangled}}''.
* Andreas Deja: Started at Disney as a concept artist for ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'', animated Mickey in ''Disney/ThePrinceAndThePauper'', and was the supervising animator for [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid King Triton]], [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Gaston]], [[{{Disney/Aladdin}} Jafar]], [[Disney/TheLionKing Scar]], {{Disney/Hercules}} and [[Disney/LiloAndStitch Lilo]]. His most recent work was supervising the animation for Tigger in ''Disney/WinnieThePooh''.
* Andy Gaskill: Art director for ''The Lion King''.
* Creator/ArtBabbitt: Most known for turning {{Goofy}} into the character we all know and love. He also animated such characters as the Wicked Queen in ''Disney/SnowWhite'', Geppetto in ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', the mushrooms in the Nutcracker Suite scene of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', and the stork in ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}''--as well as contributed to the disastrous 1941 Disney studio strike, which led to his termination.
* Ben Sharpsteen: Was an early animator for Disney, and became a sequence director on ''Disney/SnowWhite'', co-director on ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', director of Dumbo, production supervisor on ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', ''Disney/FunAndFancyFree'', ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' and ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''.
* Bill Melendez: Most famous for creating the ''{{ComicStrip/Peanuts}}'' TV specials, he worked at Disney in the early 40s until he left due to the animators' strike. He went on to work for Warner Bros. and UPA before setting up his own shop.
* Blaine Gibson: inbetweener and assistant animator working on most features through ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians''.
* Creator/BobClampett: He didn't work in Disney's animation department (although he wanted to), but he and his grandma did help make one of the earliest Mickey Mouse dolls. He and Walt Disney would become friends later in life.
* Creator/BradBird
* Burt Gillett: Stuck with Disney in the early years, known for directing ''Disney/ThreeLittlePigs'' and ''Disney/LonesomeGhosts''. At one point he left Disney to work on Creator/VanBeurenStudios "Rainbow Parade" cartoons, but returned as soon as the studio shut down. He worked at the WalterLantz studio in the late 30s before retiring from the business.
* Creator/CarlBarks: Started as an inbetweener and storyman, but later went on to work of his beloved DonaldDuck comic books, as well as create Scrooge [=McDuck=] and the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse.
* Charles "Nick" Nichols: He began as an animator on the shorts and had most of the responsibility on the Pluto cartoonsand was also the supervising animator for the Coachman in ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}''. He later wejnt to wotk at HannaBarbera, where he directed the animated version of ''WesternAnimation/CharlottesWeb''.
* Chris Sanders: One of the quirkiest people to work at Disney, Chris Sanders was one of the key animators of the [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome Marahute's flight]] in ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder''. He later went on to contribute heavily to ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', and co-directed ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' with Dean Deblois. He was originally the director of ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', but was [[ExecutiveMeddling fired by]] JohnLasseter and moved on to Creator/DreamWorksAnimation, where he ended up co-directing ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' to massive acclaim, followed by ''WesternAnimation/TheCroods''.
* Creator/ChuckJones: Had a ''very'' brief stay at Disney's with Ward Kimball after Warner Bros. briefly shut down their animation studio. While he respected Walt, he couldn't stand the lack of creative control there that he was used to at his old studio, and as soon as Warner Bros. reopened their studio, Chuck was gone.
* Claude Coats: Background painter, who worked on ''Disney/SnowWhite'', ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'', ''Disney/SaludosAmigos'', ''Disney/MakeMineMusic'', ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'', ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', and ''Disney/PeterPan''.
* David Hand: The director of many of Disney's animal cartoons, and was the director of ''Disney/SnowWhite'' and ''Disney/{{Bambi}}''. He would later go over to Europe to make the obscure, short lived ''Animaland'' cartoon series.
* David Hall: Storyman, who produced horrific story sketches and paintings for ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'' and a few for ''Disney/PeterPan''.
* Dave Pruiksma, animator of Mrs. Potts in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
* Dick Huemer: Former Fleischer veteran who became a prominent animator, storyboard artist and writer for the studio throughout the decades. He even directed two shorts; "The Whalers" and "Goofy and Wilbur".
* Dick Lundy: A very skilled animator and director, created the character of DonaldDuck and directed several of his shorts. He would later go on work at MGM's cartoon department on the BarneyBear and {{Droopy}} cartoons, and after that went to Creator/WalterLantz's studio to work on their AndyPanda, Musical Miniatures and WoodyWoodpecker short subjects.
* DisneysNineOldMen
* Creator/DonBluth: Got his start as an assistant animator on ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', did animation for ''Disney/RobinHood'' and ''Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too'', and was the directing animator for ''Disney/TheRescuers''. Directed ''TheSmallOne'' and was animation director on ''PetesDragon'' before leaving on his own.
* Don Graham: A critical figure in the development of Disney animation, Graham hosted "Action Analysis" classes daily for animators at Disney from 1932 to 1941, not only giving them formal art training, but also having them analyze live action film at different speeds, as well as critique their own shorts as a means of how to improve them. He would later publish his own art book, "Composing Pictures", which is highly valued by many veteran animators.
* Don Hahn: began working for Disney on ''Pete's Dragon''. He also worked as associate producer on the animated sequences in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', and later produced ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', ''Disney/TheLionKing'', ''Disney/{{Fantasia 2000}}'', ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', and ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.
* Don Griffith: Layout artist on the Disney films from ''Victory Through Air Power'' to ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron''.
* DonRosa
* Ed Love: An animator for Disney, later went on to work for Creator/WalterLantz (animated the earliest incarnations of Buzz Buzzard), MGM and Hanna-Barbera.
* Emery Hawkins: Sporadically worked at Disney for very short periods of time. Did some animation for ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}''.
* Eyvind Earle: Background artist and color stylist on such films as PeterPan and Lady and the Tramp. He is also credited with giving the 1959 animated feature Sleeping Beauty its medieval look. Earle first rose to prominence at the studio in 1953, when an animated short that he worked on, "Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom", won both an Academy Award and a Cannes Film Festival Award. Earle died on July 20, 2000 of esophageal cancer.
* Eric Goldberg: After working for RichardWilliams and running a commercials studio in England, came to Disney as supervising animator on Genie in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. Later animated Phil in ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', Louis in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' and Rabbit in ''Disney/WinnieThePooh''. Co-directed ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' and directed the "Rhapsody in Blue" and "Carnaval of the Animals" segments on ''Disney/{{Fantasia 2000}}''. Briefly worked at Warner Bros. as animation director on ''LooneyTunesBackInAction''. He recently headed the 2D animation for the short ''WesternAnimation/GetAHorse''.
* FloydGottfredson: Got his start as an early Disney animator, but moved on to being the top artist for the Mickey Mouse comic stip for 45 years.
* Floyd Norman: One of the first African-Americans hired by the studio. To this day he still works at Disney as a storyboard artist.
* Creator/FredMoore: Animator on ''Disney/SnowWhite'' and credited with updating Mickey Mouse's appearance in the late 1930s. Moore also served as an animator or directing animator for most of the animated features from ''Snow White'' to ''Disney/PeterPan''. Worked at the WalterLantz studio for a brief period in the late 1940s.
* Creator/FrizFreleng: Was an animator for Walt on the Oswald shorts.
* Gary Trousdale: Made his feature-directing debut with the Academy Award winning ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''. Trousdale has been with Feature Animation since 1984, and has contributed to the following films: ''Oliver & Company'', ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' and ''TheRescuersDownUnder''. Co-directed with Kirk Wise on ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' and ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''. Currently a director at DreamWorksAnimation.
* GrimNatwick: Got his start working for the Fleischer brothers and UbIwerks animating his creation BettyBoop, but was lured away by the idea of Walt making the first feature length animated picture. He contributed quite a bit during his stay at Disney, including animating much of Snow White herself. He left soon after to go back to the Fleischers after not getting the pay he was promised after Snow White on time--a move he regretted later down the road, as he would have loved to work on ''Fantasia''.
* [[HarmanAndIsing Hugh Harman And Rudolph Ising]]: Two of Disney's top animators on the Oswald shorts. They would later go on to found the Warner Bros. animation studio, as well as MGM's animation department. They would also occasionally outsource some of their inkers and animators to Disney to help them out.
* Howard Ashman: was teamed up with Alan Menken for the first few films of the Disney Renaissance. He died before production on ''Beauty and the Beast'' and ''Aladdin'' could be completed.
* Kay Nielsen: Sketch artist, storyman, and designer. Nielsen created designs for "The Night on Bald Mountain" segment in ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''. During the 1940s, he worked on concept designs for an early version of The Little Mermaid and "Ride of the Valkyries". In the mid-1980s, his sketches were brought out of the Disney Archives to inspire the animators who worked on the 1989 ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', and he ended up getting a posthumous "visual development" credit.
* Ken Anderson: Art director on ''Snow White'', designed [[Disney/TheJungleBook Shere Khan]] and [[PetesDragon Elliot]], and production designer on ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' and ''Disney/TheAristocats''.
* Norm Ferguson: One of Disney's most loved animators, known for his excellent personality animation, as well as his contributions to the character of Pluto and his subsequent short subject series. Noteworthy work of his includes the famous flypaper scene from "Playful Pluto", the Witch from ''Snow White'' and Honest John and Gideon from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}''. Directing animator on ''Snow White'' and ''Disney/PeterPan''.
* Ken O'Connor: layout artist on 13 features and 100 shorts. Features including ''Snow White'', ''Fantasia'' and ''Lady and the Tramp''. After a short retirement, O'Connor returned to Disney to help develop shows such as World of Motion and Universe of Energy at EPCOT, and the film Back to Neverland for the Animation Tour at the Disney/ MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida.
* Michael Eisner
* Mark Henn: Animated Mickey Mouse in "Mickey's Christmas Carol" and worked on Oliver and the Artful Dodger in "Oliver & Company. In 1989 he moved to Florida to help establish the feature animation studio there. He animated Ariel in ''The Little Mermaid'', Belle in ''Beauty and the Beast'', and young Simba in ''The Lion King''.
* Glen Keane: Began his career as an animator on The Rescuers. He animated the fight scene with the bear in ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'', and was directing animator on Ariel in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', Marahute in ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder'', Beast in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' and Disney/{{Tarzan}}. Was the initial director and later executive producer of ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''. He left Disney in 2012 after working on ''{{Paperman}}'' to set up his own studio.
* Joe Grant: Character designer and storyman at Disney during the early years of the Studios. He worked on such films as ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', ''Disney/SaludosAmigos'', ''Disney/MakeMineMusic'', and ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''. He returned to working at the Studio to work on the visual development on ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' and was a story adviser on ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}''.
* Ken O'Brien: animator on features from ''Snow White'' to ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''.
* James "Shamus" Culhane: A former Fleischer animator who came to the studio after Walt was impressed by his work. His most pivotal work is the iconic "Heigh-Ho" sequence of ''Snow White''. He would later leave Disney to work on Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer's ill-fated feature film projects, take a very brief stint at Warner Bros., make considerably contributions to the Creator/WalterLantz cartoon studio, and later down the road created his own TV cartoon studio.
* Jerry Beck: Worked as an Executive for Disney.
* Greg Weisman: Works as a writer for Disney. Noteworthy work of his includes ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' and ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan''.
* Wilfred Jackson: One of the three animators (the other two being Ub Iwerks and Les Clark) who left with Walt after the Oswald fiasco.
* Dan MacManus: Effects animator, working on most of the Disney features during the period between 1935 until 1973.
* Rob Minkoff: Began his career in the Studios as an inbetweener on ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron''. He helped design the character of Basil in ''TheGreatMouseDetective'' and Ursula in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. He is associated with the character Roger Rabbit as the director of "Tummy Trouble" and "Roller Coaster Rabbit" and co-producer of "Trail Mix-up". He directed ''Disney/TheLionKing'' with Roger Allers.
* John Pomeroy: A close associate of Don Bluth, and was the lead animator of Milo for ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', John Smith for ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'', and the Firebird for ''Disney/{{Fantasia 2000}}''.
* John Musker: Began his career at Disney as an animator on such films as ''TheSmallOne'', ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' and ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron''. He co-directed with Ron Clements ''TheGreatMouseDetective'', ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' and ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.
* Jack Hannah: Director on most of the Donald Duck shorts.
* Jack King: Animator and sequence director on such films as ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', ''Disney/SaludosAmigos'', ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'', ''Disney/TheThreeCaballeros'', ''Disney/MakeMineMake'', ''Disney/MelodyTime'', and ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad''. Prolific director of the DonaldDuck cartoons; was THE Duck Director until Jack Hannah took over completely.
* Jack Kinney: Animator/sequence director of films such as ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' and ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}''. He first directed Goofy in "Goofy's Glider" and soon became established as the director of the Goofy cartoons.
* JuneForay: Voiced Walt's take on the Witch Hazel character, also voiced Lucifer the Cat in ''Cinderella''.
* MelBlanc: Provided the hiccups for Gideon on ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', and voiced Bugs and the rest of his Looney Tunes charcters for the last time in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''.
* RichardWilliams: Worked as a temporary assistant animator time and time again, and was the animation director for ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''.
* Tom Palmer
* Pete Emslie
* Al Eugster: A former Fleischer veteran who migrated to Disney and specilized in animating the DonaldDuck cartoons. He eventually returned to the Fleischer studio in 1940.
* Kirk Wise: received his first feature-directing credit on the Academy Award-winning ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''. and in 1996 re-teamed with Don Hahn and Gary Trousdale on ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', and has contributed to the following films, ''TheGreatMouseDetective'', ''OliverAndCompany'' and ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.
* Charles Thorson: A former designer for Disney in the 30's. Later left for work for Warner Bros. cartoons.
* James Algar: Animator on ''Disney/SnowWhite", the animation director of "The Sorceror's Apprentice" segment of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', and directed sequences of ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' and ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad''.
* John Hench: started in the Disney Story Department and later painted backgrounds for "The Nutcracker Suite" segment of ''Fantasia''. He also worked on ''Cinderella'' and ''Alice in Wonderland''.
* Tony Anselmo: Initially joined Disney as an animator, but became Donald Duck's voice after the death of Clarence Nash.
* Sam Armstrong: Storyman and background artist from 1934 to 1941, director of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''.
* Xavier "X" Atencio: Inbetweener and assistant animator on ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''. He also wrote the scripts for the original ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean and ''TheHauntedMansion'' attractions, as well as writing ''Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a Pirate's Life for Me'' and ''Grim Grinning Ghosts''.
* Frank Churchill: Music composer during the 1930s and early '40s. Composed songs for ''Disney/SnowWhite'', ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'' ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' and ''Disney/{{Bambi}}''.
* [[Creator/PixarRegulars John Lasseter]]: Got his start as an animator for Disney.
* Jeffrey Katzenburg
* Jack Hannah: Began working as an inbetweener and clean-up artist on many early Mickey, Donald, and Silly Symphony cartoons. He was a key animator on the Academy Award winning film "The Old Mill".
* Mark Kausler: Did animation for Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
* Mary Blair. The wife of Disney artist Lee Blair, her work first got Walt's attention during the South America tour that begat ''Disney/SaludosAmigos'' and ''Disney/TheThreeCaballeros''. Her unique, colorful designs can be seen on ''Disney/TheThreeCaballeros'', ''Disney/MakeMineMusic'', ''SongOfTheSouth'', ''Disney/MelodyTime'', ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'' and ''Disney/PeterPan''. Also designed the "It's a Small, Small World" ride.
* Milt Gross: Helped storyboard for ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad''.
* Oskar Fischinger: An abstract animator who briefly joined Disney and did work on the "Tocata and Fugue in D Minor" segment of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''.
* Paul Smith
* Pinto Colvig: Storyman at Disney, and the original voice of {{Goofy}} and Pluto. He co-directed ''Mickey's Amateurs''.
* Preston Blair: A animator for Disney, later famous for the animation he did for the girl from Tex Avery's "RedHotRidingHood".
* Ron Clements: Assistant and animator on ''Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too'', ''Disney/TheRescuers'', ''Disney/PetesDragon'', ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'', and ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron''. He, along with John Musker, directed ''TheGreatMouseDetective'', ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', and ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.
* Creator/SalvadorDali: Alright, this is a stretch, as he didn't actually work for Disney so much as he did a collaboration with Walt on his animation project "Destino"--which wasn't finished until ''2003''.
* Stuart Buchanan: Disney animation staff member who voiced the Huntsman in ''Snow White'', as well as Goofy on the Mickey Mouse radio show.
* TadStones: Creator of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' and ShowRunner on shows like ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'', and the ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' and ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' series. Went on to direct two animated ''{{Hellboy}}'' DTV movies.
* Creator/TimBurton: Hired to be part of the concept staff on ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron''. He also made two short films at Disney, "Vincent" and "Frankenweenie."
* T(hornton) Hee, worked for Disney as a caricaturist, stylist, director, and storyman. He co-directed the "Dance of the Hours" segment of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', directed the Honest John and Gideon sequence in ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', and worked on story in ''Disney/MakeMineMusic''.
* Tony Anselmo: The current voice of DonaldDuck, having been so since 1985, and even before that, animating the duck in "Mickey's Christmas Carol" and then in "The Prince and the Pauper".
* Tyrus Wong: Chinese painter who did the backgrounds for Bambi.
* UbIwerks: He basically co-created MickeyMouse, NuffSaid.
* Vladimir "Bill" Tytla: One of Disney's most skilled animators, doing the animation for Grumpy in ''Disney/SnowWhite'', Chernabog in ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', and Stromboli in ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}''. Left Disney in the early 40's to work at other studios like FamousStudios and Creator/{{Terrytoons}}.
* WaltDisney: While Walt didn't really draw anything, he was a director of many shorts. He stopped for a few years, did a brief return to directing in 1935 with ''The Golden Touch'' and loathed that short so much that he never directed another cartoon again.
* Walt Kelly: While most known for his ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'' newspaper comics, he got his start working at Disney.
* Walt Stanchfield: Was part of Disney's masterclasses for years. Much of his advice is included in the Disney book series "Drawn to Life".
* Webb Smith: Storyman, he is credited with coming up with the idea of storyboards.
* Will Finn: Supervising animator for Cogsworth on ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', Iago on ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' and Laverne on ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''. Co-director on ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange''.
* TheShermanBrothers: Richard and Robert Sherman, composers of several Disney songs from the 1960s and early '70s, including those featured in ''Film/MaryPoppins'', ''Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'', and the DisneyThemeParks ride "It's a Small World."
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