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Ub Iwerks
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Animator
    (March 24, 1901-July 7, 1971)
    Birth name was Ubbe Ert Iwwerks
    Animator and Producer with Disney Studios (1924-30, 40-1960s)
    Directed and animated over 100 cartoon shorts including 'Plane Crazy,' 'Steamboat Willie,' 'Mickey’s Choo-Choo,' 'The Skeleton Dance,' 'Happy Days' and 'Willoughby’s Magic Hat'
    Did special effects for 'The Birds (1963)'
    Won Academy Awards for technical achievement (1959, 64)
    Was honored as a Disney legend (1989)
    He had an unusual name.
    He never finished high school.
    Walt Disney used to play practical jokes on him, such as putting live animals in his desk and locking him in the bathroom. He never complained.
    Although he is credited with creating, sketching, designing and animating Mickey Mouse, many Disney fans don't know who he is.
    He left a successful career with Disney to start his own production company, which failed in six years (1930).
    His other cartoon creations, Flip the Frog and Willy Whopper, are not well remembered.
    He was a perfectionist and had a short temper, often clashing with other animators if he felt they weren't working hard enough.
    He worked for a commercial art studio where he met and became friends with Walt Disney.
    He was the first employee of Walt Disney's animation company.
    He animated the first Mickey Mouse short 'Plane Crazy' by himself in just two weeks.
    For a while he was in charge of training new animators for the studio.
    He was in charge of Research and Development at the Disney studio.
    He designed many special effects for the Disneyland attractions.
    He developed and improved on the technology that combined live-action with animation.
    Walt Disney referred to him as 'the greatest animator in the world.'

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