If you are a fan of Disney animation then you definitely’re virtually definitely a fan of the movies of the period of the Disney Renaissance. Films like The Little Mermaid and The Lion King introduced Walt Disney Animation into a brand new golden age. The animators who carry these movies to life are largely unsung heroes, and so the identify Ann Sullivan doubtless is not one most individuals know, however her work introduced animated characters to life for many years. Now we’ll solely have these photographs to recollect her, as Sullivan has died on the age of 91, attributable to issues from the coronavirus.
Ann Sullivan first went to work within the animation paint lab of Walt Disney Studios within the 1950s the place she labored on Peter Pan amongst different initiatives. She left the trade for a number of years to lift her youngsters earlier than going again to work at Hanna Barbara through the firm’s heyday. In the 1970s.
In the late 1980s, Ann Sullivan returned to Disney, the place she labored first on Oliver & Company, earlier than engaged on most of the main hits of the “Disney Decade” like The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and Tarzan. Her ultimate mission for Disney was Home on the Range, which might be the final 2D animated movie from the studio for 5 years.
According to THR, Sullivan died at her retirement group, the Woodland Hills retirement house sponsored by the Motion Picture and Television Fund. She’s the third resident of the group to die as a result of coronavirus. Obviously, retirement communities are considerably harmful locations within the age of COVID-19. The occupants all fall into the “at risk” class, and social distancing is tough if not unattainable.
Based on the truth that Sullivan is listed as dying from “complications” doubtless implies that along with being 91 years outdated, she was additionally coping with different well being points. Technically, it might have been these different well being issues that took her life, although they had been clearly exacerbated by COVID-19.
Ann Sullivan’s begin with Walt Disney Studios within the 1950s within the ink-and-paint division mirrors that of many ladies within the period. While most animators had been males, the ink-and-paint division was practically, or completely girls. Their job was to actually paint the person animation cels that made up the shorts and have movies produced by the studio. It was a significant talent set within the days of hand drawn animation that has was misplaced as animation made the shift to computer systems.
These girls hardly ever obtained credit score in any of Disney’s movies. As such, Sullivan’s personal filmography might be largely incomplete.
Ann Sullivan is survived by 4 youngsters, eight grandchildren, and 4 nice grandchildren. She’s additionally survived by a formidable physique of labor that may proceed to carry pleasure for generations.