Disney world’s animation legend Ruthie Tompson dies at 111

Disney world’s animation legend Ruthie Tompson dies at 111

Animation legend Ruthie Tompson, who worked on Disney’s first animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, has died aged 111.

The artist died ‘peacefully in her sleep’ at her home at the Motion Picture and Television Fund in Woodland Hills, California.

Disney’s co-executive chairman Bob Iger said in a statement: ‘Ruthie was a legend among animators, and her creative contributions to Disney — from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Rescuers —- remain beloved classics to this day.

‘While we will miss her smile and wonderful sense of humour, her exceptional work and pioneering spirit will forever be an inspiration to us all.’

Tompson’s career at Disney was written in the stars, as when she moved to Los Angeles at the age of 14, her family ended up living on the same block as Walt and Roy Disney’s uncle Robert, and lived near the Disney Bros. Studio on Kingswell Avenue.

She worked at The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years, beginning her career as a painter in the studio’s Ink & Paint Department.

She worked on Disney’s first full-length animated feature, the beloved Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. in 1937, before moving on to review animation cels as final checker.

Tompson then progressed to animation checking and scene planning in 1948.

In her career at Disney, she worked on legendary films including Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins, The Aristocrats and Robin Hood.

Tompson retired from Disney after working on The Rescuers in 1975.

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