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Grim Natwick
He created Betty Boop, animated Snow White, and after 50 years of cartooning is still going strong.
John Canemaker

The great Grim Natwick was in town. The animator who created Betty Boop for Max and Dave Fleischer, and who was responsible for animating eighty-four scenes in Disney‘s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (mostly of the young princess herself), was in New York completing the last leg of a cross-country journey visiting friends and relatives. “I've been drawing Betty Boops and Mickey Mouses and Sinclair dinosaurs and all the various things we used to animate, for the nieces and nephews as I come across the country. And you'd be surprised at what they bring you to draw with and on!"

Grim Natwick is considered by his peers to be perhaps the finest animator of the female form and character. Certainly he is a pioneer in this special area; for besides his masterly work on the Misses Boop and White, Natwick brought to life Princess Glory in Max and Dave Fleischer's Gulliver's Travels; Nelly Bly, the champagne-glass-shaped sexpot in U.P.A.'s Rooty-Toot-Toot (1952) directed by John Hubley; and most recently, the Mad Holy Old Witch in Richard Williams' long-awaited feature cartoon, The Cobbler and the Thief. Natwick claims this will be his final animation in a career of brilliant versatility which has allowed him to master at one time or another such diverse characters as Mr. Magoo, Popeye, Woody Woodpecker, and Mickey Mouse.



Source type Magazine
Volume 11.1
Language en
Document type Feature
Media type text
Page count 5
Pages pp. 57-61


Id 2401
Availability Free
Inserted 2016-04-22