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Ralph Waldo Wright (May 17, 1908December 31, 1983) was a Disney animator and story/storyboard writer who is best known for providing the gloomy, sullen voice of Eeyore from the popular Winnie-the-Pooh franchise. Wright came to the studio circa 1940 and became well known throughout the ensuing decades for his endearingly gloomy and sullen personality traits as well as his bass voice. He turned out to be a natural model for Eeyore when the studio began development on Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree.

He, along with his fellow Disney contemporaries, was a pioneer in the use of "gags" within cartoons, often acted out in front of the "story board," a bulletin board pinned with sequential sketches of the cartoon's scenes. This technique still in use today in most major animation studios. He spent the last 30 years of his life in San Luis Obispo County in Los Osos. He loved his grandchildren dearly and spent many hours teaching them to see the minute details in life, which were extraordinarily fascinating and humorous to him. He died at his home in Los Osos, CA from a heart attack.

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