Jack Hannah directed some of the most outrageous animated shorts ever produced by The Walt Disney Studios. Among them were 65 Donald Duck shorts, which have been praised as the funniest of Disney’s animated duck tales. Jack’s work was honored on numerous occasions by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, when eight of the cartoons he directed were nominated for Oscars, including “Tea for Two Hundred,” “Toy Tinkers,” and “No Hunting.” Not bad for a guy, who, as Jack said, was hired by Disney on “a two-week tryout that lasted thirty years.”
Born January 15, 1913, in Nogales, Arizona, Jack migrated to Los Angeles in 1931 to study at the Art Guild Academy. Among his first jobs was designing movie posters for Hollywood theaters. Then, in 1933, during the Depression, Jack decided to leave his portfolio with The Walt Disney Studios and was soon hired as an in-between and clean-up artist, working on Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Silly Symphony cartoons.
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