The Disney theme parks are filled with classic attractions that have stood the test of time like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Haunted Mansion. Many of the artists who were instrumental in the creation of these attractions were Imagineers who started out as animators working on classic Disney films. One of these Imagineers was a man by the name of Claude Coats.
Claude worked as a background painter on many classic Disney films like “Alice in Wonderland”, “Pinocchio”, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, and more. He was also one of the artists who worked with Walt Disney in creating Disneyland. Despite having done so much in his 54 year career with Disney, he is one of the lesser-known Disney Imagineers. Creative Director and author Dave Bossert is trying to rectify with a brand new project to dedicate a book to the work of Claude Coats. The blog article featured below was written by Dave Bossert to educate readers about Claude as well as to ask for your help in making this book a reality.