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Jack Hannah
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Animator
    (January 5, 1913-June 11, 1994)
    Born in Nogales, Arizona
    Animated 94 Disney shorts, including most post-WWII shorts starring Donald Duck and all Chip ‘n’ Dale shorts
    Googling his name turns up more hits for zoo director/talk show staple Jack Hanna than for himself.
    He was often mistaken as being half of the Hanna-Barbera animation team.
    His Donald Duck shorts frequently followed a formula of pitting Donald against a much smaller antagonist, such as Chip ‘n’ Dale, the Bootle Beetle, or Spike the Bee.
    He hoped to segue into directing live-action, but ‘Walt had me pegged as an animation director, so he balked at the suggestion.’
    As a result, the only live action direction he did at Disney was filming Walt’s studio segments for 14 episodes of The Wonderful World of Disney.
    He moved on to Walter Lantz’s studio where, in a case of history repeating itself, he mostly made animated shorts while filming Lantz in some host segments for ‘The Woody Woodpecker Show.’
    He and Carl Barks co-wrote the first book-length Donald Duck comic, ‘Pirates’ Gold.’
    He directed training films for the Navy during World War II.
    He was much more adept at ‘personality animation’ than his predecessor on the Donald Duck shorts, Jack King.
    One Disney historian dubbed him ‘Donald Duck’s other daddy.’
    After leaving show biz, he had a successful career as a landscape painter and art teacher.
    He and fellow Disney animator T. Hee drew up the first curriculum for the Walt Disney-funded Character Animation program at the California Institute of the Arts.
    He was named a Disney Legend (1992).

Credit: C. Fishel


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