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Walt Stanchfield (July 14, 1919September 3, 2000) was an American animator, writer and teacher. Stanchfield is known for work on a series of classic animated feature films at Walt Disney Studios and his mentoring of Disney animators.

Walter Stanchfield was born in 1919 in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from high school in 1937, Stanchfield worked as an animator at the Charles Mintz Studio. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. Returning to California, he briefly worked at the Walter Lantz Studio before joining Walt Disney Studios to work on the 1949 full-length animated feature The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. His career included work on every subsequent Disney animated feature including his work as a character animator on The Jungle Book and The AristoCats. His final film for Disney was Oliver & Company in 1988. In 1987, Stanchfield served as the animation consultant on Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

In the 1970s, Stanchfield and Eric Larson created a training program for new animators at Disney studios. The program included weekly drawing classes and lectures. Stanchfied's students included numerous prominent animators, such as Brad Bird, John Lasseter, Don Bluth, Joe Ranft, John Musker, Ron Clements, Glen Keane, Andreas Deja, and Mark Henn.

In 2009, Stanchfield's lecture notes were compiled into the two-volume set Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes

Disney Filmography

Year Film Position
1966 Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree Animator
1967 The Jungle Book Character Animator
1968 Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day Animator
1970 The Aristocats Character Animator
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Animator
1977 The Rescuers Key Assistant Animator
1981 The Fox and the Hound Coordinating Animator
1985 The Black Cauldron Key Animation Coordinator
1986 The Great Mouse Detective Coordinating Animator
1988 Oliver & Company Animation Consultant

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