Animation pioneer noble dead at 91

Maurice J. Noble, whose designs and background paintings were used in such Disney features as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Bambi, and Dumbo and later in more than 60 Warner Bros. Looney Tunes Cartoons, died on May 18 at the age of 91, it was disclosed Wednesday. Among his most famous achievements were the “pink elephant” sequence in Dumbo and the Oscar-winning short Dot and the Line, which he co-directed with longtime collaborator, Chuck Jones. In a statement, Jones said that Noble “had the confidence and knowledge to create a world where animation could flourish. … He never showed off, but he did show up every layout man or art director I have ever known. … Without him, a great many of my films could not have been made.”