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James Algar

Highest Rated: 95% Fantasia (1940)

Lowest Rated: 81% Fantasia 2000 (1999)

Birthday: Jun 11, 1912

Birthplace: Modesto, California, USA

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).

Filmography

Movies

Credit
81% 75% Fantasia 2000 Director $60.5M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Seal Island Director - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Best of Walt Disney's True-Life Adventures Director - 1975
No Score Yet 44% Rascal Producer - 1969
No Score Yet 59% The Gnome-Mobile Producer - 1967
89% 76% The Incredible Journey Writer - 1963
No Score Yet 33% The Legend of Lobo Director - 1962
No Score Yet 25% Ten Who Dared Associate Producer - 1960
No Score Yet 71% Jungle Cat Director,
Writer
- 1960
No Score Yet 25% White Wilderness Director - 1958
No Score Yet 50% The Secrets of Life Director - 1956
No Score Yet 81% Vanishing Prairie Director - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bear Country Director,
Screenwriter
- 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alaskan Eskimo Director - 1953
No Score Yet 74% The Living Desert Director - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beaver Valley Director - 1950
94% 71% The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Director - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Seal Island Director - 1948
No Score Yet 53% Victory Through Air Power Director - 1943
95% 83% Fantasia Director $24.8M 1940

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