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Classic Disney Animator Ted Berman Dies

Bambi, Fantasia among highlights of 45-year career (July 17, 2001)
Ted Berman, an animator and director who worked on numerous Disney classics including "Bambi" and "Fantasia," has died at the age of 81.

Berman, who worked at Disney for 45 years after starting in the animation department in 1940, devoted his time to fine arts painting, his first love, after retiring from Disney in 1985.

As a Disney animator, Berman helped create characters for "Alice in Wonderland," "Bambi" (including the title character), "Lady and the Tramp" and "Peter Pan." Other projects he was involved in at Disney include the classic releases "Mary Poppins," and "101 Dalmations."

Four of the Disney films he worked on were nominated for Academy Awards: "Paul Bunyan" (1958), "Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too" (1974), "It's Tough to Be a Bird" (winner, Best Short Film, 1969) and "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" (winner, Best Visual Effects, 1972).

As his career progressed, Berman moved into directing and scripting Disney animated films. He helped create screenplays for "The Rescuers" (1977), "The Fox and the Hound" (1981) and "The Black Cauldron" (1985), also co-directing the latter.

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