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2014 Floyd Norman
Floyd Norman began his cartooning career while still in high school, assisting Bill Woggon on the Katy Keene series for Archie Comics. He attended Art Center College of Design as an illustration major. He started working for Disney in 1956, as an animation artist on Sleeping Beauty. Eventually, he graduated to the story department where he did story sketches for The Jungle Book. That proved to be the last film that Walt Disney personally supervised.
After Walt’s death, Floyd and his associates launched their own production company, Vignette Films, Inc. Floyd served as writer-director, producing educational media. Vignette Films, Inc. was one of the first companies to produce films on the subject of African-American history.
During the ‘70s, Floyd wrote and produced animated segments for Sesame Street, Villa Alegre, and dozens of educational films. He also supervised animation layout at Hanna-Barbera Productions and storyboarded several shows, including The Flintstones, Smurfs, and Scooby Doo. He wrote scripts for The Quicky Koala Show, The Real Ghostbusters and Monster Tales.
Floyd returned to Disney in the early ‘80s to join the Disney Publishing Group. He wrote the syndicated Mickey Mouse comic strip and contributed stories for Disney Comics. As project supervisor in Creative Development Publishing, Floyd created, wrote and designed several children's books. After a 10-year absence from film, Floyd returned to his roots doing story work on several feature length Disney and Pixar animated films: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, The Tigger Movie, Dinosaur and Toy Story 2.
Floyd continued to work in television, storyboarding such shows as Garfield and Mother Goose and Grim. The Cartoon Network called on him to script several wacky scripts for their new show, Cow and Chicken.
Intrigued by the new digital realm and interactive computer media, Floyd helped develop computer software for painting and animation. After a long and varied career, Floyd is more excited than ever about the possibilities of a new media. He currently works with his previous associates adding his special blend of wit and whimsy to the Afro-Kids.com Web site.