July 27, 1919: Disney’s David Swift is born

David Swift (July 27, 1919 – December 31, 2001) was an American screenwriter, animator, director, and producer.

Swift started out as an animator for Walt Disney Pictures. He worked on such classic animated Disney films as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia and Peter Pan.

Swift eventually switched careers from animation to screenwriting and made his directing debut with the Disney film Pollyanna, starring Hayley Mills. After Pollyanna, Swift wrote and directed the film The Parent Trap, again starring Mills.

In the late 1970’s, after a period working for Columbia Pictures, Swift returned to Disney and wrote the screenplay for the Jodie Foster movie Candleshoe.

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July 22, 1986: Mickey Mouse comic strip artist, Floyd Gottfredson, dies

Arthur Floyd Gottfredson (May 5, 1905 – July 22, 1986) was an American cartoonist best known for his defining work on the Mickey Mouse comic strip. He has probably had the same impact on the Mickey Mouse comics as Carl Barks had on the Donald Duck comics. Two decades after his death, his memory was honored with the Disney Legends citation in 2003 and induction into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2006.

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July 15, 1971: Disney voice artist Bill Thompson dies

Bill Thompson (July 8, 1913 – July 15, 1971) was an American radio actor and voice actor whose career stretched from the 1930s until his death.

Disney film credits include Alice in WonderlandPeter PanLady and the TrampSleeping Beauty, and The Aristocats.

Thompson was also the original voice for MGM‘s character “Droopy”.

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