Tuesday, May 1, 2012

They Made the Magic: Maurice Noble

Maurice Noble was born May 1, 1910.  He attended the Chouinard Art Institute in California and began a career in advertising (designed the Red Door for Elizabeth Arden) but went to work for Disney in the 1930's.  He was hired as someone who could handle the watercolor renderings for the backgrounds and the first job they gave him was painting an apple with a wormhole in it.  He worked on a variety of the Silly Symphonies.  He went on to work on Snow White and also worked on Bambi, the Rite of Spring sequence of Fantasia and Dumbo (as color coordinator).  During the time working on Snow White Noble relates:
"I had a room that was sort of cater-corner over from Walt's and he could look over in my window and I could look in his window.  I was working on the final sequence when the Prince awakens Snow White, and I'd be there sometimes to eight, nine, ten, eleven o,clock at night." Walt's People Volume 5
Noble was one of the artists who left Disney Studios during the strike.  During World War II, Noble worked with Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and Chuck Jones in Frank Capra's US Army Signal Corps unit.  After the war, Noble joined Jones and they worked together for more than 50 years.
Noble passed away May 18, 2001.  For a more detailed look at Noble check out this article from Animation World Magazine.

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