Legendary Disney Animator Burny Mattinson, Director, and Story Artist Dies at 87
Burny Mattinson, a legendary animator, director, and story artist at Disney, passed away on Tuesday, February 28th, 2023, at the age of 87. He leaves behind an incredible legacy in the animation industry and a lasting impact on the world of Disney.
Mattinson’s career at Disney spanned an astonishing 65 years, starting in 1953 as an in-between artist on the film “Peter Pan.” He quickly rose through the ranks, becoming a storyboard artist on classics like “Sleeping Beauty,” “101 Dalmatians,” and “The Sword in the Stone.” He eventually became a key figure in the Disney animation department, directing and producing a number of beloved films, including “The Great Mouse Detective” and “Oliver & Company.”
Mattinson was also a mentor to many of the current Disney animators and filmmakers, including John Lasseter, the co-founder of Pixar. Lasseter credits Mattinson with teaching him the importance of storytelling in animation, and the two collaborated on several projects throughout their careers.
In addition to his work on animated films, Mattinson was also responsible for creating some of Disney’s most iconic characters, including Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck. His contributions to the animation industry earned him a number of accolades, including the Winsor McCay Award, the highest honor in animation.
After his retirement from Disney in 2020, Mattinson continued to work on personal projects and mentor young animators. He will be remembered as a true pioneer in the animation industry and a beloved member of the Disney family.
In a statement, Disney Chairman Bob Chapek said, “Burny was a true Disney legend, whose impact on our company and the world of animation cannot be overstated. His creativity, passion, and dedication to storytelling will be missed by all who had the privilege of working with him. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”
Mattinson’s passing is a profound loss for the animation industry, but his legacy will continue to inspire future generations of animators and filmmakers for years to come. Source.