Wilfred Jackson

Wilfred Jackson (January 24, 1906 – August 7, 1988) was an American animator, arranger, composer and director best known for his work on the Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphonies series of cartoons and the Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria segment of Fantasia from Walt Disney Productions.[1][2] He was also instrumental in developing the system with which Disney added music and sound to Steamboat Willie, the first Mickey Mouse cartoon.

Wilfred Jackson
Born(1906-01-24)January 24, 1906
DiedAugust 7, 1988(1988-08-07) (aged 82)
OccupationAnimator, Arranger, Composer, Director
Years active1928–1961
EmployerWalt Disney Animation Studios (1928–1961)

Several of the Silly Symphony shorts he directed, including The Old Mill (1937), won Academy Awards during the 1930s.[3] Starting with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, he directed sequences in many of the major Disney animated features up to Lady and the Tramp in 1955, including all of the animated sequences in Song of the South (1946). He later moved into television, producing and directing for Disney's Disneyland series. After continuing health issues, he retired in 1961. Jackson died at age 82 in 1988.

Jackson attended Otis Art Institute (now called Otis College of Art and Design) in the 1920s.[4]


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