Dick Huemer was a jack of all trades," Disney Legend Ward Kimball recalled. “He was an animator, and I loved his animation. It was always funnyremember the Duck in The Band Concert with those goddamn whistles? He was a director. He was a story man. And he was a very important sequence story man on Fantasia.”
Richard Martin Huemer was born on January 2, 1898, in little old New York. He attended P.S. 158 in Brooklyn, and Alexander Hamilton and Morris High Schools. After high school he was a student at the National Academy of Design, the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design, and the Art Students League. Dick’s first industry job was as an animator at the Raoul Barré Cartoon Studio in 1916. In 1923, he became an animation director at the Max Fleischer Studio, and seven years later assumed a similar position at the Charles Mintz Studio.
Moving to Disney in 1933, Dick contributed to classic Silly Symphonies such as The Tortoise and the Hare, Funny Little Bunnies, and The Grasshopper… read more