Who the hell is Floyd Norman?
I began my career at the Walt Disney Studios many years ago and I've worked on more animated feature films and television shows than I can remember. What's really cool however, are the awesome people I've known and worked with throughout my career at Walt's magic factory. It's truly a who's who of animation and it includes Walt's famous "Nine Old Men" as well as the top story men who created the Disney classics. It was an amazing mentoring opportunity as well as a master class in Disney animation. My career eventually spanned several decades and I even witnessed the arrival of the "young turks" who would take the torch passed to them by the Disney Masters.
My first animated feature film was Walt's masterpiece, "Sleeping Beauty" which wrapped in 1958 and ushered in the Old Maestro's final decade. In 1966 I was blessed with the opportunity to work with Walt Disney on his final animated film, The Jungle Book. I capped off my career in 1999 with the Pixar production of "Monster's Inc." and I reluctantly "retired" from animation in the year 2001. However, I never retired from cartoon making. Since that time I've worked on several feature and television productions for various studios and I continue doing so even today. I've never considered myself top in my class and I certainly don't buy into the "Disney Legend" thing. There are far too many forgotten talents out there that continue to go unrecognized. So, what's my secret, you ask? It's easy, really. I simply won't stop working. Recently, I've been kept busy on various projects including Reel FX's "Free Birds," Cartoon Network's "Annoying Orange" and some cool new projects for Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Speaking Engagements and Other Stuff
I'm delighted to share my animation experiences whenever time permits. All you have to do is contact me and be willing to pay the freight. If there are no other conflicting engagements - I'll be there. I've spoken everywhere from Sydney to Tokyo. From Kingston to Korea. From Barstow to Fresno. Simply give me a buzz.