Photos: Top Left – A young Fred Moore with family. *Photo originally published by The Blackwing Diaries. Top Right – Fred Moore using a mirror for inspiration. Bottom Left – With Production Assistant Larry Lansburgh and fellow Disney Legend Mary Blair at The Three Caballeros wrap party. *Photo originally published by Cartoon Brew. Bottom Right – Fred Moore’s drawing suggestions for the Centaurette characters in Fantasia. *Photos courtesy of The Walt Disney Company and the estate of Fred Moore.
1. Artistic Training Attended a handful of night classes at Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles which he earned in exchange for janitorial work.
2. A Start At Disney When a friend couldn’t make his scheduled interview at the Walt Disney Studio, Fred Moore packed his portfolio and took his place. He would go on to become one of the most influential animators at Disney, inspiring an entire generation of studio artists.
3. Widely Recognized For The transformation of Mickey Mouse from the original, old school look to the beloved character still in design today.
4. Disney Legacy Directing animator of the dwarfs on Disney’s first feature-length animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Fred was appointed by Walt himself. Contribution to 35 animated shorts including the Academy Award winning Three Orphan Kittens and Oscar nominated Brave Little Tailor. Animation of Lampwick in Pinocchio, Timothy Q. Mouse in Dumbo, the Centaurettes in Fantasia and classic characters from Make Mine Music and The Three Caballeros.
5. Becoming A Disney Legend Fred Moore was inducted as a Disney Legend in 1995.