Robert Frederick Moore (1911-1952)
Fred Moore was an artist and character animator for Walt Disney Productions, who rose to prominence as the result of great natural talent.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Fred Moore was only 17 when he joined Walt Disney Productions in 1928. Though he had only minimal training at the evening classes of the Chouinard Art Institute, he took to animation from the start. An intuitive draughtsman, he had a childlike enthusiasm and produced drawings of huge charm and appeal, including the pigs in one very successful early project, Three Little Pigs (1933). In his hand, Mickey Mouse evolved through the late 1930s from a restricted figure with a circular head and body traced from coins to a more flexible, pear-shaped character with great personality. His line had such accuracy and freedom that Disney chose him to help supervise the animation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). He had an enormous influence through the 1940s and into the 50s, as animator or directing animator for most of the animated features up to and including Peter Pan (1953). In 1995, he was posthumously named as a Disney Legend.