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.
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
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.
Wow – great collection! Thanks!
Ah ah Andy! Always aware of anything cool!
I loves me some Moore girls!
I saw a caricature of Moore himself in ‘Ferdinand the Bull’.
Patrick O’Connell I’m a big fan of this guy’s work.
Really interesting thanks for sharing!
J’ai beaucoup de vieux dessin de BD dans les journaux de 1917 à 1973
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!
Figure drawing goals! Beautiful work!
Thanks for posting these! I wonder if this collection is being reprinted in a book form?