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He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was raised in Colorado. He attended East Denver High School and the Art Institute of Denver. While attending the Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles, an instructor sent him to interview with Walt Disney.
Lounsbery was hired by Disney on July 2, 1935, beginning as an assistant animator on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He went on to work on numerous other short features in the 1940s, while continuing to serve as part of the animating team on nearly all of Disney's most famous feature-length animated films. In the 1970s, he was promoted to director, and co-directed Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too! and The Rescuers.
He was an animation director for:
- Dumbo (1941)
- Song of the South (1946)
- The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
- Alice in Wonderland (1951)
- Peter Pan (1953)
- Ben and Me (1953)
- Lady and the Tramp (1955)
- Sleeping Beauty (1959)
- Goliath II (1960)
- One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
- The Sword in the Stone (1963)
- The Jungle Book (1967)
- Robin Hood (1973)
Characters animated by Lounsbery
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Assistant to Norm Ferguson on Witch
- Pinocchio - J. Worthington Foulfellow and Gideon
- Fantasia - Alligators, Ben Ali Gator, the alligators and the hippos in "Dance of the Hours"
- Dumbo - Dumbo, Timothy Mouse
- Bambi - The Great Prince of the Forest
- The Three Caballeros - Donald Duck, José Carioca, Panchito Pistoles
- Make Mine Music - Wolf in Peter and the Wolf, Willie the Whale
- Fun and Fancy Free - Willie the Giant
- Melody Time - "Once Upon a Wintertime", "Blame It on the Samba", "Pecos Bill"
- The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad - Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel, Brom Bones, the villagers, the animals
- Cinderella - Lucifer, Mice, Bruno, Major
- Alice in Wonderland - Rose and the Flowers, Caterpillar, Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, strange creatures
- Peter Pan - George Darling, Indians, Captain Hook, Wendy Darling, Nana, John Darling, Michael Darling, The Lost Boys
- Ben and Me - Thomas Jefferson
- Lady and the Tramp - Tony, Joe, Bull
- Sleeping Beauty - King Hubert, King Stefan, Queen Leah
- Goliath II - Goliath II, his father and mother and the Elephants
- One Hundred and One Dalmatians - Sgt Tibbs, Horace
- The Sword in the Stone - Pike, Wolf, Hawk, Tiger and Talbot
- The Jungle Book - Colonel Hathi, Winifred, Junior, Bulgar elephant, and other elephants, King Louie
- The Aristocats - Edgar, Georges Hautcourt, Madame Bonfamille
- Robin Hood - Prince John, Sir Hiss, The Sheriff of Nottingham, The Tournament Crocodile, Nutsy and Trigger
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh - Owl, Eeyore and Gopher