When a friend couldn’t make a scheduled appointment to interview with Walt Disney because of a toothache, 19-year-old Fred Moore seized the opportunity and went in his place. A natural draftsman, with no formal art training except for a few night classes he earned in exchange for janitorial work at Chouinard Art Institute, Fred won the job. And his animation genius was about to be imprinted on Disney films and an entire generation of fledgling artists, whom he inspired through his impeccable drawings.
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.”
Born Robert Fred Moore on September 7, 1911, he attended Polytechnic High School in Los Angeles. While growing up, Fred often submitted drawings to the “Los Angeles Junior Times,” a magazine for young people. Each time a drawing of his was published… read more