William Barnard "Bill" Justice (February 9, 1914 – February 10, 2011) was an animator and engineer for The Walt Disney Company. He was a graduate of the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis.
|Born||February 9, 1914|
Dayton, Ohio, US
|Died||February 10, 2011 (aged 97)|
Santa Monica, California
|Education||The Herron School of Art and Design|
|Occupation||Disney animator and Imagineer|
|Chip 'n' Dale|
Justice joined Walt Disney Studios as an animator in 1937 and worked on such features as Fantasia, The Three Caballeros, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan. He is arguably best known as the animator of the rabbit Thumper from Bambi and chipmunks Chip 'n Dale. He was the director of The Truth About Mother Goose, Noah's Ark, and A Symposium On Popular Songs, all of which were nominated for Academy Awards as Best Short Subject, Cartoon. In total, Justice worked on 57 shorts and 19 features.
In 1960, Justice started redesigning and making new Disney character costumes for Disneyland, and later for the other Disney parks and resorts.
Justice retired from the Disney Company in 1979 and was named a Disney Legend in 1996. He is the author of Justice for Disney, which chronicles his years with the company.
Justice died of natural causes at a nursing home in Santa Monica, California, one day after his 97th birthday. He is survived by his wife, Kim, his daughter, Melissa Justice, and a granddaughter.
- McLellan, Dennis (February 11, 2011). "Bill Justice dies at 97; Walt Disney Studios animator worked on 'Fantasia' and 'Bambi'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
John Province. "From Snow White to Disney World (and Almost Everything Inbetween: An Interview with Bill Justice". Animato no.20 (Summer 1990), pp.38-41.
- Bill Justice on IMDb
- Listing from Disney Legends
- Listing from LaughingPlace.com
- Biography from Bob Richards
- Disney Legend Bill Justice has died at age 97, RIP
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