James Algar

Director, Animator, Producer
A lifer at Disney, James Algar began as an animator before directing such classics as "Fantasia" and "Bambi" and later writing, producing, and directing for nature and wildlife documentaries and the long-running series ... Read more »
Born: 06/11/1912 in Modesto, California, USA

Filmography

Director (11)

Bear Country 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The African Lion 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Fantasia 2000 2000 (Movie)

("The Sorcerer's Apprentice") (Director)

Jungle Cat 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

White Wilderness 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

The African Lion 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

The Vanishing Prairie 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

The Living Desert 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

Bambi 1946 (Movie)

Sequence Director (Director)
Writer (7)

Bear Country 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The African Lion 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jungle Cat 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

White Wilderness 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Vanishing Prairie 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Living Desert 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (3)

Rascal 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ten Who Dared 1960 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1943 (Movie)

(Animator)
Other (1)

The African Lion 1955 (Movie)

narrative text (Other)

Biography

A lifer at Disney, James Algar began as an animator before directing such classics as "Fantasia" and "Bambi" and later writing, producing, and directing for nature and wildlife documentaries and the long-running series "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color". He landed his first job with Disney as an animator on the landmark feature "Snow White and Seven Dwarfs". His talent caught Walt's eye, and he was asked to direct the Mickey Mouse sequence "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" that became the centerpiece of the epic "Fantasia". He next directed portions of "Bambi" and a World War II propaganda film, "Victory Through Air Power". After the war, his focus shifted to documentaries about nature and wildlife, with the first entry in the "True-Life Adventure" series, "Seal Island", winning an Academy Award for best short. He continued to write and direct such projects, both shorts and features, while working on the TV series "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color", writing, producing, and directing on different episodes over the course of a 20-year run. He produced other projects as well, including "Rascal", a feature about a boy who befriends a wily raccoon. In addition to his screen work, he wrote and produced the classic "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln," as well as other attractions, for the 1964 World's Fair (and later, Disneyland).

EDUCATION

Stanford University

Stanford , California

Stanford University

Stanford , California

Milestones

1975

Produced and directed feature, "The Best of Walt Disney's True-Life Adventures"

1968

Scripted, produced and directed many epiodes of TV series, "The Wonderful World of Disney"

1960

Began directing and producing live- action features; produced first film, "Ten Who Dared"

1958

Wrote, co-produced "Circarama," "America the Beautiful" and "Circle Vision" for the Brussels World Fair

1953

Directed (also scripted) Oscar-winning documentaries, "The Living Desert" and "The Vanishing Prairie"

1941

Sequence directed for Disney animated feature, "Bambi"

1940

Directed "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment of "Fantasia"

1937

Did animation for Disney feature, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

1935

Joined Walt Disney as an animator; spent entire career there

Wrote, co-produced "Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln" for the New York World's Fair; also "Hall of Presidents," Disney World, FL

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