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April 21, 1920 – Animator, Artist, and Disney Legend Bob Moore is Born


On April 21, 1920, Bob Moore was born in Los Angeles, California. Moore had been exposed to Disney from an early age, when his father worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra as a violinist; the group was hired to play music for the earliest Mickey Mouse short films. In 1940, after attending the Chouinard Art Institute, Moore was hired at the Disney Studios as an apprentice animator, working on such films as Dumbo and The Three Caballeros. He continued to work on special projects as the country entered World War II, until he was drafted into the Navy, working on training films. After the war ended, he returned to the studio, working as a story man for animated shorts and package feature films. In 1951, Moore was asked to head up the art department for publicity, and ran it for three years as a one-man show. His success in the department led to a promotion to the creative director of marketing, designing movie posters, cards, and logos. In 1968, Moore designed the commemorative Walt Disney postage stamp. In 1983, Moore retired from the Disney Studios after working there for 43 years. Moore is also memorialized with his own color of Disney paint: Moore Red. He was inducted as a Disney Legend in 1996. In 2001, Moore passed away at the age of 81.

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