Floyd Norman

Black History Month Spotlight: Legendary Handprints—Floyd Norman

From the 1950s to today, Floyd Norman’s diverse career, insightful viewpoint, and unflinching honesty have truly made him a Disney Legend.

Floyd worked as an inbetweener and animator on Sleeping BeautyThe Sword in the Stone, and as a story artist on The Jungle Book, along with various animated short projects at the Disney studio in the late 1950s and early 1960s. After Walt Disney’s death in 1966, Floyd left Disney to co-found the AfroKids animation studio with animator and director Leo Sullivan. Floyd and Sullivan worked together on various projects, including the original Hey! Hey! Hey! It’s Fat Albert television special, which aired in 1969 on NBC.

After returning to Disney in the early 1970s to work on Robin Hood, Floyd eventually transferred to the comic strip department in the 1980s, where he worked as a writer on the Mickey Mouse strip. He later worked on modern classics such as Disney·Pixar’s Toy Story 2 (1999) and Monsters, Inc. (2001) and Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) and Mulan (1998), among others. He has continued to work for The Walt Disney Company as a consultant on various projects, and was named a Disney Legend in 2007.