Toward the end of his enduring career at The Walt Disney Studios, animator Eric Larson became a gentle and devoted mentor to the next generation of up-and-coming Disney artists. One of his former students Andreas Deja, who animated such Disney characters as Jafar in “Aladdin” and Scar in “The Lion King,” recalled Eric as “The best animation teacher ever.” Said Deja, “No one was more concerned with passing on the Disney legacy than Eric.”
In the late 1970s, Eric expanded the Studio’s Talent Program to find and train new and talented animators from colleges and art schools across the nation. This program, which still exists today, came at a crucial juncture in Disney’s history, when many veteran animators were stepping down from their drawing boards. Subsequently, through his close work with young animators, Eric helped preserve the integrity of Disney animation for generations to come.
Born in Cleveland, Utah, in 1905, Eric avidly read comic humor magazines, such as “Punch… read more