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GERONIMI, Clyde "Gerry"

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Birth: June 12, 1901; in Italy (Though, Disney records claim Switzerland as his birthplace.)
Death: April 24, 1989; in Newport Beach, California.


Animator, Animation Director, Sequence Director, Animation Supervisor (Sleeping Beauty; 1959), Producer, Writer.

Bio Summary

Geronimi had a sister named Emma and a brother name Larry. They were born in Chiavenna, a town of Lombardy, Italy, in the province of Sondrio, and came to the US through Ellis Island around the year 1903.

Early Life/Family

Two sons (Gary Geronimi and Lyn Clyde Geronimi Sr.), three grandchildren (one named Lyn Clyde Geronimi Jr.) and three great-grandchildren.


William Randolph Hearst’s International Film Service in New York, 1918.

Career Outline

• After leaving Hearst, Geronimi joined Walter Lantz at J. R. Bray’s studio and worked on Lantz’s Colonel Heeza Liar, and Dinky Doodle till 1926.
• Geronimi continued to side with Lantz, when Lantz established his own studio in 1930 and animated on Oswald the Rabbit.
• In 1931, as a veteran animator, Geronimi joined Walt Disney Studios, where he helped in animating over fifty of the cartoons; Including some of the early Silly Symphony Cartoons.
• Geronimi was promoted to Animation Director in 1938, and won his first Oscar in 1939 for the Silly Symphony, “The Ugly Duckling”. Three years after directing cartoons for Disney, he moved onto feature films.
• In the 1950s and 1960s, Geronimi began directing for Disney Television shows.
• After leaving Disney, Geronimi joined the United Productions of America where he directed The Dick Tracy Show, and The Adventures of Mr. Magoo.
• Geronimi made a return to Disney, and worked on his final animated feature: One-hundred and One Dalmatians, in 1961.
• Geronimi later directed cartoon series for different studios including: The New Casper Show (1963), Linus the Lion-hearted (1964), and Steven Krantz’s Spider-Man (1967-69).

Comments On Style


Walter Lantz; Hearst Studios colleague





Animation Director:

Hyena's Laugh (1926)
Lunch Hound (1927) (live-action sequences)
Beach Picnic (1939)
The Pointer (1939)
Officer Duck (1939)
Tugboat Mickey (1940)
Billposters (1940)
Pluto's Dream House (1940)
Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip (1940)
Pantry Pirate (1940)
A Gentleman's Gentleman (1941)
Canine Caddy (1941)
Lend a Paw (1941)
Pluto Junior (1942) (uncredited)
The Army Mascot (1942)
The Sleepwalker (1942) (uncredited)
T-Bone for Two (1942)
Pluto at the Zoo (1942)
Education for Death (1943)
Pluto and the Armadillo (1943)
Private Pluto (1943)
Victory Through Air Power (1943) (animated sequences)
Chicken Little (1943)
Make Mine Music (1946)
Willie the Operatic Whale (1946)
Peter and the Wolf (1946)
Pecos Bill (1948)
The Big Wash (1948)
Blame It on the Samba (1948)
Melody Time (1948) (cartoon director)
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
Cinderella (1950)
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Susie the Little Blue Coupe (1952)
Peter Pan (1953)
Little Toot (1954)
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
The Story of Anyburg U.S.A. (1957)
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1958)
Sleeping Beauty (1959) (supervising)
"Mister Magoo" (1960)
"The Dick Tracy Show" (1961)
One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
"The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963)
"Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo" (1964)
"Disneyland" (1954-1964)
"Linus! The Lion Hearted" (1965)
"Spider-Man" (1967-1970)

Animation Department:

The Magic Lamp (1924) (assistant animator)
The Giant Killer (1924) (assistant animator)
The Pied Piper (1924) (assistant animator)
Little Red Riding Hood (1925) (assistant animator)
Cinderella (1925) (assistant animator)
The House That Dinky Built (1925) (assistant animator)
Peter Pan Handled (1925) (assistant animator)
Magic Carpet (1925) (assistant animator)
Robinson Crusoe (1925) (assistant animator
Three Bears (1925) (assistant animator)
The Babes in the Woods (1925) (assistant animator)
Just Spooks (1925) (assistant animator)
How the Elephant Got His Trunk (1925) (assistant animator)
Dinky Doodle and the Bad Man (1925) (assistant animator)
How the Bear Got His Short Tail (1925) (assistant animator)
Dinky Doodle in the Hunt (1925) (assistant animator)
How the Camel Got His Hump (1925) (assistant animator)
Dinky Doodle in the Circus (1925) (assistant animator)
Dinky Doodle in a Restaurant (1925) (assistant animator)
The Goat's Whiskers (1926) (assistant animator)
How the Giraffe Got His Long Neck (1926) (assistant animator)
Dinky Doodle in Uncle Tom's Cabin (1926) (assistant animator)
Dinky Doodle in the Lost and Found (1926) (assistant animator)
The Arctic (1926) (assistant animator)
The King of Beasts (1926) (assistant animator)
Dinky Doodle in Egypt (1926) (assistant animator)
The Ostrich's Plumes (1926) (assistant animator)
Wild-West (1926) (assistant animator)
Dinky Doodle's Bed Time Story (1926) (assistant animator)
Dinky Doodle's Little Orphan (1926) (assistant animator)
The Magician (1926/II) (assistant animator)
Dinky Doodle in the Army (1926) (assistant animator)
The Pig's Curly Tail (1926) (animator)
The Cat's Nine Lives (1926) (animator)
The Prison Panic (1930) (animator)
Hot for Hollywood (1930) (animator)
Hell's Heels (1930) (animator)
My Pal Paul (1930) (animator)
Not So Quiet (1930) (animator)
Spooks (1930) (animator)
Henpecked (1930) (animator)
Cold Feet (1930) (animator)
Snappy Salesman (1930) (animator)
Singing Sap (1930) (animator)
The Fowl Ball (1930) (animator)
The Navy (1930) (animator)
Mexico (1930) (animator)
Africa (1930) (animator)
Alaska (1930) (animator)
Mars (1930) (animator)
China (1931/I) (animator) (uncredited)
College (1931) (animator) (uncredited)
Shipwreck (1931) (animator)
The Farmer (1931) (animator)
The Fireman (1931) (animator)
The Bandmaster (1931) (animator)
The Hunter (1931) (animator)
The Band Concert (1935) (animator)
Who Killed Cock Robin? (1935) (animator) (uncredited)
Mickey's Rival (1936) (animator)


The Pig's Curly Tail (1926) (story)
Hot for Hollywood (1930) (story)
Hell's Heels (1930) (story)
A Story of Dogs (1954) TV episode (story)
"Disneyland" (1 episode, 1954)

Miscellaneous Crew:

China (1931/I) (presenter) (uncredited)
The Three Caballeros (1944) (sequence director)


"Disneyland" (producer) (1 episode, 1959)
The Peter Tchaikovsky Story (1959) TV episode (producer)


He became a director in 1938 and won his first Academy Award the following year for the cartoon short ''The Ugly Duckling.''
He received a second Oscar in 1942 for another short, ''Lend a Paw.
Annie Award: Winsor McCay Award 1979
Geronimi was presented with the Winsor McKay Award by his former boss and friend, Walter Lantz.

Related Links

Bibliographic References

1. "Clyde Geronimi, 87, An Animator at Disney." 30 Apr. 1989. The New York Times. 27 Oct. 2008
2. "Clyde Geronimi." Internet Movie Database.
3. Lenburg, Jeff. Who's Who in Animated Cartoons : An International Guide to Film and Television's Award-Winning and Legendary Animators. New York: Applause Theatre & Cinema, 2006.

Contributors To This Listing

Manuel F Arredondo

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At 10:27 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I grew up with Clydes grandson Lyn in Newport Beach CA I remember Clyde as a very warm person who had a Model A ford, I knew he worked for Disney but he never made a big deal of it, he was such a regular guy who just enjoyed life! he taught me how to work on and the difficulties of maintaining such an old vehicle, he made his own parts for the car and took pride in it


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