Robert Fred “Freddie” Moore, born September 7, 1911 in Los Angeles, California. Some say Freddie Moore was Walt Disney’s greatest artist. His peers around the studio would always ask for one of Fred’s “Freddie Moore Girls” drawings and seek draftsmanship advice. Ollie Johnston (One of Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men) kept a pencil of Fred’s taped to his window. In the 1995 Frank & Ollie documentary Ollie said he kept it there to, “remind me of how great the guy was and how much he meant to me”. He had a natural talent and was envied in the studio. He is best known for redesigning Mickey Mouse, and gave the mouse that extra appeal.

Disney Animator Fred Moore
Disney Animator Fred Moore

Storyman Larry Clemmons once recalled, “He was such a help to other guys. Guys would come in his room and say, ‘Fred, how would you do this?’ Fred would say, ‘Well, here!’—and he’d show them—he didn’t lecture, he just did it.” Source: D23

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To this day it is still the best design for Mickey Mouse. Fred Moore left the Disney Studios in 1946 and worked for Walter Lantz, where he redesigned the character Woody Woodpecker during a two-year stint that ended with his return to Disney in 1948.

“When he animated the pigs in Three Little Pigs, for instance, Fred also won Walt’s highest praise that “at last, we have achieved true personality in a whole picture.” Fred contributed to nearly 35 shorts in all, including Pluto’s Judgement Day, Three Orphan Kittens, which won an Oscar®, and Brave Little Tailor, which was nominated for an Academy Award®.” Source: D23

Here is a video of Freddie Moore’s animation.

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Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee

Lavalle has been making animated online cartoons since 2001 for his website flashcartoons.org. In 2009 Lavalle started learning from Don Bluth in his hand-drawn animation classes, as well as attending his Masterclasses in Arizona. In 2011 he started this website after seeing most animation sites were about all types of animation, not any specific to classical hand drawn animation. Lavalle also is the host of the popular online series. "The Traditional Animation Show". Lavalle is currently working for Don Bluth Films as a Production Manager and helped champion Dragon's Lair: The Movie Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign.

15 Comments

  1. January 24, 2018 at 7:53 pm — Reply

    Wow – great collection! Thanks!

  2. January 24, 2018 at 8:47 pm — Reply

    Dan!!

  3. January 24, 2018 at 8:58 pm — Reply

    Wonderful…

  4. January 24, 2018 at 9:21 pm — Reply

    I saw a caricature of Moore himself in ‘Ferdinand the Bull’.

  5. January 24, 2018 at 9:48 pm — Reply

    Excelente !!!!

  6. January 24, 2018 at 9:54 pm — Reply

    Patrick O’Connell I’m a big fan of this guy’s work.

  7. January 24, 2018 at 10:39 pm — Reply

    Really interesting thanks for sharing!

  8. January 25, 2018 at 4:37 am — Reply

    Jesse Plumley-Garcia

  9. January 25, 2018 at 12:57 pm — Reply

    Magnifique
    J’ai beaucoup de vieux dessin de BD dans les journaux de 1917 à 1973

  10. January 25, 2018 at 4:57 pm — Reply

    Caio

  11. May 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm — Reply

    I have an original drawing of Fred Moore’s, given to me by his daughter Sue. I was friends with her daughter Kelly. I’m wondering if you have any idea if its value or could point me in the right direction. I’m just curious about it. Thanks!

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