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JACKSON, Wilfred

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Birth: January 24 1906 in Chicago, Illinois.
Death: August 7, 1988 in Los Angeles, California.


Director, Animator

Bio Summary

Came to Disney in the midst of the loss of Oswald the rabbit to Warner Brothers. Originally a musician, he worked on synchronization for animation shorts. Became a director on accident.
Early Life/Family: Married in 1929 to Jane, last name not found.
Education/Training: The County Art Institute, now Otis Parkins. Jackson asked Disney to let him observe animators, Jackson was hired instead.

Early Life/Family

Came to work for disney in 1928 in the midst of the Oswald the rabbit disaster. He began his work as a musician, synchronizing music for disney’s shorts. Steamboat Willy 1928, The Old Mill 1937, Fantasia 1940, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland 1951, Peter Pan 1953, Lady and the Tramp 1955 are just a few of his most recognizable pieces of work.


Involved with the use of the multi planed camera in the old mill.

Career Outline

Comments On Style


Frank Churchill, Earl Duvall, peers, no notable influences found.


Up for the occasional laugh, hard worker, perfectionist, busy, practical joker.


Earl Duval got caught by one of the secretaries when she came in the room, trying to light one [a fart]. He was bent over and Earl was there with a match. The minute the door opened, Frank said: (“Where is that knife, I dropped that knife here somewhere.”)” -Wilfred Jackson



Steamboat Willie 1928
Skeleton Dance 1929
The Grasshopper and the Ants 1934
The Country Cousin 1936
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937
The Old Mill 1937
Dumbo 1941
Pinocchio 1940
Fantasia 1940
Song of the South 1946
Cinderella 1950
Alice in Wonderland 1951
Peter Pan 1953
Lady and the Tramp 1955
Dateline: Disneyland 1955
An adventure in art 1958


Oscar: The Old Mill 1937
Berlin international film festival: Best musical: Cinderella 1951
Annie Award: Winsor McCay Award 1983

Related Links

Biography: Clair Weeks' Goodbye Book 1952

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