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Dick Huemer was an American animator in the Golden Age of Animation.


While as an artist-illustrator living in The Bronx, New York, he first began his career in animation at the Raoul Barré cartoon studio in 1916, he joined the Fleischer Studio in 1923 where he developed the Koko clown character. Later he moved to Hollywood as an animator and director for the Charles Mintz studio, and then would be hired at the Disney Studio on March 16, 1933, where he remained for the duration of his career, except for a 3-year hiatus from 1948-1951 when he pioneered animated TV commercials and created The Adventures of Buck O'Rue comic strip. Some of his most creative work was done in partnership with Joe Grant; examples included Fantasia (story director), Dumbo (screenplay), and several propaganda films to advance the U.S. war effort during World War II. Atypically, Dick and Joe submitted Dumbo to Walt not as a completed storyboard, but as a series of storyboard "chapters", each ending in a cliff-hanger. This was intended to pique Walt's enthusiasm for the project, and it worked. Dick was at the Disney organization from April 16, 1933, to February 28, 1973.

Awards and Accomplishments[]

Given a Mousecar by the Disney Studio in February 1973 at a ceremony attended by a number of his peers.

Accepted the Winsor McCay Award at the Annie Awards in October 1978 and was introduced by Ward Kimball.

On October 10, 2007, Huemer's son, Richard P. Huemer accepted the Disney Legends that was awarded in Huemer's name.



  • The Whalers (1938)
  • Goofy and Wilbur (1939)



TV shows[]

  • "The Story of the Animated Drawing" (1955) #5605
  • "The Plausible Impossible" (1956) #5644
  • "Tricks of Our Trade" (1956) #5664
  • "An Adventure in Art" (1958) #5694



  • Lullaby Land (1933)
  • Puppy Love (1933)
  • The Pied Piper (1933)
  • The Steeple-Chase (1933)
  • Giantland (1933)
  • The Night Before Christmas (1933)
  • The China Shop (1934)
  • The Grasshopper and the Ants (1934)
  • Funny Little Bunnies (1934)
  • The Wise Little Hen (1934)
  • Peculiar Penguins (1934)
  • The Goddess of Spring (1934)
  • The Tortoise and the Hare (1934)*
  • The Band Concert (1935)
  • Water Babies (1935)
  • Mickey's Garden (1935)
  • Music Land (1935)
  • Broken Toys (1935)
  • Mickey's Polo Team (1936)
  • Mickey's Rival (1936)
  • Alpine Climbers (1936)
  • Mickey's Elephant (1936)
  • Little Hiawatha (1937)
  • Lonesome Ghosts (1937)
  • Wynken, Blynken and Nod (1938)

* Denotes AMPAS ("Academy") Award



  • Baby Weems
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • True Life Adventures

Newspaper features[]

  • True-Life Adventures (March 14, 1955 - February 27, 1973)

Phonograph records[]

  • The Who-zis and The What-zis
  • Melody
  • Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom
  • A Christmas Adventure in Disneyland

External links[]

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