Floyd Norman

Floyd Norman at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Artist, animator, The Jungle Book, Toy Story 2

Floyd Norman has been working in the entertainment business a very long time. He began his professional career while still in high school working as an assistant on Archie Comics. Enrolling in Art Center College of Design in the early fifties he dropped out of school when offered a position at Walt Disney Studios. Floyd learned his animation ropes doing the tedious, grunt work of an apprentice inbetweener. By the sixties, he suddenly found himself in Walt’s prestigious story department working on The Jungle Book and life has never been the same.

Floyd decided to leave the studio in the late sixties. He and his partners formed their own production company to produce educational media. He returned to Walt Disney Animation Studios in the nineties. However, after completing story work on three animated features he moved north to Pixar Animation Studios to develop Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc. By the year 2000, it was time to retire, but he continued to work at Disney. He illustrated children’s books and worked on toys and games in the Consumer Products Division of the company. After working on a number of special animated projects for Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio bosses realized he wasn’t going to go away. Floyd has recently been rehired, and returns to Disney animation after a ten-year absence. “Some artists can walk away,” says Floyd. “However, I plan to die at the drawing board.” If you know Floyd Norman you know he means what he says.