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Gottfredson, Floydlocked

(05 May 1905–22 July 1986)
  • Maurice Horn

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Gottfredson, Floyd (05 May 1905–22 July 1986), cartoonist, was born Arthur Floyd Gottfredson in Kaysville, Utah. Little is known of his parentage except that his father was a farmer and salesman. Because of Walt Disney Studios’ long-standing policy of secrecy about their employees and because of Gottfredson’s reticence in talking about his private life, little is known of his family antecedents. He was brought up in a poverty-stricken home of strict Mormon orthodoxy where his love of drawing and his dreams of becoming a newspaper-strip cartoonist were discouraged. He left home as soon as possible, working as an advertising artist and movie projectionist for a small theater chain in Utah. After winning second place in a national drawing contest in 1928, he decided to move to Los Angeles in hopes of finding work with one of its seven newspapers. He settled for being a projectionist again until he found employment as an animation in-betweener with Walt Disney’s fledgling studio at the end of 1929. When the following year Disney and his partner ...

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