Documentary on Disney’s First Black Animator Now Available on Netflix

By Sameer Rao Nov 22, 2016

If you don’t know Floyd Norman by name, you know his work. Disney’s first Black animator, now 81, contributed to old and new animated classics, including "Sleeping Beauty," "The Jungle Book," "Mulan" and "Toy Story 2." His story comes to life in a critically acclaimed documentary that is now available on Netflix.

"Floyd Norman: An Animated Life" received immediate acclaim when it debuted in select theaters in August, and it went on to win the best documentary award at San Diego Comic-Con.

The film examines Norman’s career, which started at Disney in the 1950s. Norman went on to co-create AfroKids Animation Studio and Vignette Films, both of which helped produce and release animated specials and films with Black protagonists—including some of the first animated films on Black history. In the clip below, Norman’s wife Adrienne Brown-Norman explains that "there were a few animators who didn’t want to deal with Floyd" because of his race. 

Check out the trailer below before watching the film on Netflix.

(H/t Shadow and Act, Okayplayer)