Fred Moore

Fred "Freddie" Moore (September 7, 1911 – November 23, 1952) Fred Moore began his career in animation in 1930 with Walt Disney Studios. In spite of his limited training in animation, his natural talent for character design resulted in his ascension through the ranks of the studio. His talents were so well respected that he redesigned the look of Mickey during the Sorcerer's Apprentice of Fantasia, a look that remains the standard for Mickey to this day. His talents were so well respected that Walt Disney assigned Freddie with the role of directing animator for the dwarfs for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Moore continued to influence the style of characters at the Disney studios with his influence seen in the centaurettes in Fantasia, All the Cats Join In, the mermaid in Peter Pan, the Three Little Pigs, Timothy Mouse in Dumbo, the daughters in Casey Bats Again, the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, and Lampwick in Pinocchio. His reputation for drawing nude and seductive women, including the mural of the studio's penthouse club, has developed into a loyal fanbase for drawings of "Freddie Moore Girls." Moore left the Disney studios for a while in the 1940s and joined Walter Lantz Studios, where he redesigned the studio's main characters, Woody Woodpecker and Andy Panda. Unfortunately, Moore's life and talents were never fully realized as he passed away at the age of 41 after being struck by an oncoming vehicle in a car accident. He was posthumously named a Disney Legend in 1995, and continues to be regarded as an influential part of animation history.