As I noted in my obituary for The Guardian, it was in 1937, while America was in the throes of the Great Depression, that aspiring portrait painter, William Justice responded to a press advertisement and applied to the Disney studio for a job. The salary was $12 a week and it was for a 30-day try out. When he eventually retired, in 1979, he had been working at the studio for 42 years!
Bill, who never lost his ebullient enthusiasm for his work, contributed to many of the studio's most famous feature films, including Bambi, as well as many short cartoons, among them, most of those featuring that Donald Duck-baiting duo, Chip 'n' Dale, and the experimental stop-frame animated film Noah's Ark, which received an Academy Award nomination.
Bill also worked on the Disney TV show, The Mickey Mouse Club (he directed the opening credits), created the special effects for the 'Spoonful of Sugar' sequence in the multi-Oscar-winning Mary Poppins and was responsible for numerous design-projects for attractions at the Disneyland.
Here are few of his career highlights...
William 'Bill' Justice
9 February 1914 – 10 February 2011