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John Walter "Jack" Cutting was an American animator turned American international content supervisor for Walt Disney Animation Studios, where he worked for 46 years. He was considered among the frontrunners for synchronizing sound and image.

Cutting was born on January 9, 1908, in New York City and attended the Otis College of Art and Design. Among his peers at this time, included future Disney animators Wilfred Jackson and John Hench. After graduating, he was referred to the studio and began as an animator with the Silly Symphonies unit. Moving his way up in the company, Cutting became an assistant to director David Hand and soon became a director for shorts, like the 1939 remake of The Ugly Duckling which won the 1940 Oscar in Best Short Subject (Cartoons).

Prior to this feat, Cutting, following the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, convinced Walt and his brother, Roy O. Disney to let him work with dubbing the film for other countries. He soon became the head of the Foreign Department in 1938 and would supervise the translation and dubbing of all the companies films. He held this position until his retirement in 1975.

As the growing conflict in Europe grew, Cutting was one of a few employees not drafted into the armed forces and headed the company's Editorial Department for a year. Later, Walt asked him to take part in his goodwill tour of South America with a select group of employees. He worked with the film crew during the trip and the experience helped him enhance his job in translating the works that would become Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros.

Cutting died on August 17, 1988, in North Hollywood, California.


Year Film Position
1930 Autumn Animator - uncredited
1930 Summer Animator
1930 The Chain Gang Animator - uncredited
1930 The Picnic Animator - uncredited
1930 Winter Animator - uncredited
1930 Pioneer Days Animator - uncredited
1930 Playful Pan Animator - uncredited
1931 The Birthday Party Animator - uncredited
1931 Birds of a Feather Animator - uncredited
1931 The Fox Hunt Animator
1931 The Spider and the Fly Animator
1931 The Castaway Animator - uncredited
1931 The Busy Beavers Animator
1931 The China Plate Animator - uncredited
1931 Blue Rhythm Animator - uncredited
1931 Fishin' Around Animator - uncredited
1931 The Beach Party Animator - uncredited
1931 The Ugly Duckling Animator - uncredited
1932 Santa's Workshop Animator - uncredited
1932 Flowers and Trees Animator
1933 The Mail Pilot Animator - uncredited
1933 Father Noah's Ark Animator
1934 The Goddess of Spring Assistant animator
1935 Three Orphan Kittens Animator
1936 Three Little Wolves Assistant director - uncredited
1936 Three Blind Mouseketeers Assistant director - uncredited
1936 More Kittens Assistant director - uncredited
1938 Farmyard Symphony Director - uncredited
1939 The Ugly Duckling Director - uncredited
1939 Beach Picnic Assistant director - uncredited
1939 Officer Duck Assistant director - uncredited
1941 The Reluctant Dragon Director; Cartoon sequences - uncredited
1942 South of the Border with Disney Director
Foreign supervisor - uncredited
1942 Saludos Amigos Foreign supervisor
1944 The Three Caballeros Brazilian and Spanish supervisor


  • Cutting was one of the several employees who played polo with Walt which helped him to establish a close relation with his boss.
  • Cutting was sent to "scout for merry-go-rounds in Europe" after Disney had the idea for a theme park which would have become "Mickey Mouse Park", A layout that would eventually blossom into Disneyland.

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