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Animated Life by Floyd Norman

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Sacked

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Out the Door

Getting dismissed is some times downright strange.

It's never fun to lose your job. Getting your dismissal papers can be downright traumatic or just plain odd. Let me tell you about the unique way Walt Disney said “bye-bye” to the artists and writers whose ideas failed to impress him. This was a time when there was no Human Resources Department to act as a buffer, and getting sacked was an art in itself.

When we were kids back in the day, it was not unusual to see a number of animation veterans arrive at Walt Disney Studios charged with a task. They were there to develop a new cartoon property for the Old Maestro himself. The artists were usually given office space on the second or third floor of the Animation ...

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