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In 1937, Justice joined the Walt Disney Studios as an animator, where he drew Chip ’n’ Dale, Thumper in Bambi, and portions of Fantasia, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. Justice did stop-action work on several live-action Disney films, including Babes in Toyland, Mary Poppins and The Parent Trap. He expanded beyond animation by directing the opening sequence of The Mickey Mouse Club, and programming various “animatronic” attractions at Disneyland, including Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, and Country Bear Jamboree. He also directed three animated short subjects: Noah’s Ark, A Symposium on Popular Songs and The Truth About Mother Goose; all were nominated for Oscars. And he even designed floats and costumes for the first Disneyland Christmas Parade, and helped design the Main Street Electrical Parade. “If he’d done nothing else but direct that unforgettable Mickey Mouse Club opening, he’d have a place in the hearts of baby-boomer Disney fans everywhere,” said film historian Leonard Maltin. Justice retired in 1979 after 42 years with the company, and died February 10, the day after he turned 97.
From This is True for 13 February 2011
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