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Floyd Norman

Black Filmmakers 1979

Black Filmmakers 1991

Floyd's Career

Floyd Norman began his cartooning career while still in high school assisting Bill Woggon on the Katy Keene series for Archie Comics. He attended Art Center College of Design as an Illustrator major. Floyd started working as an animation artist for the Walt Disney studio on Sleeping Beauty and eventually graduated to the story department where he did story sketch on The Jungle Book. This was the last film Walt Disney personally supervised.

In the mid-sixties, Floyd and his associates launched their own production company, Vignette Films, Inc. Floyd served as writer-director in the production of educational media. Vignette Films, Inc. was one of the first companies to produce films on the subject of African-American history.

During the seventies, Floyd wrote and produced animated segments for Sesame Street, Villa Alegre, and dozens of educational films. Also, Floyd supervised animation layout at Hanna-Barbera Productions and storyboarded several shows including The Flintstones, Smurfs, and Scooby Doo. He wrote scripts for The Quicky Koala Show, The Real Ghostbusters, and Monster Tales.

Floyd returned to Disney in the early eighties to join the Disney Publishing Group. He wrote the syndicated Mickey Mouse comic strip and contributed stories for Disney Comics. As Project Supervisor in Creative Development Publishing, Floyd created, wrote and designed several children's books. After a ten year absence from film, Floyd returned to his roots doing story work on several feature length Disney animated films, Hunchback, Mulan, Tigger Movie, Dinosaur, and Toy Story 2.

Floyd continued work in television storyboarding such shows as Garfield and Mother Goose and Grim. The Cartoon Network called on him to script several wacky scripts for their new show, Cow and Chicken.

Intrigued by the new digital realm and interactive computer media, Floyd helped develop computer software for painting and animation. After a long and varied career, Floyd enters a new millennium more excited than ever about the possibilities of a new media. Now Floyd works with his previous associates adding his special blend of wit and whimsy to the Afro-Kids.com website.

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