A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Age is just a number and shouldn't stop you from doing what you love. Art can be a powerful coping mechanism and outlet for creative expression. Perseverance is a strong theme.
Positive Role Models
Floyd is passionate, humble, and dedicated. He's praised by all who have worked with him throughout his years in the animation industry. His determination to never let his race or age stop him from pursuing his passion is admirable. Floyd's second wife, Adrienne, helps him deal with his anger, pain, and depression.
Violence & Scariness
Animated cartoons feature slapstick humor. Footage from Floyd's time serving in the military and of the Watts riots includes guns, explosions, fights, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Quick mention of sex when Floyd and Adrienne talk about the beginning of their relationship.
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"Crap," "hell," "sucks," "stupid," "damn it"; bleeped uses of "s--t" and "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
The entire documentary discusses Floyd's career with Disney, Pixar, Hanna-Barbera, and Vignette Films. Featured movies include Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians, Toy Story 2, and more. Also various cartoons such as Fat Albert, Scooby-Doo, The Smurfs, and more. Floyd also attends Comic-Con.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of talk about animators drinking and smoking at work during Floyd's early days at Disney. Some cartoons show Disney characters smoking or drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Floyd Norman: An Animated Life is a documentary about animator Floyd Norman’s successful career at Disney, Hanna-Barbera, Pixar, and his own company, Vignette Films. Language includes "crap," "stupid," and "damn it"; stronger words ("f--k" and "s--t") are bleeped out. Minimal violence includes clips of Norman's time in the military and footage of the Watts riots. Several interviewees discuss the animation industry's early days, when animators would drink and smoke at work. Although Disney HR forced Norman to retire on his 65th birthday, his perseverance and genuine love for animation illustrate the powerful impact he continues to have as an artist and mentor. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Fans of Disney history and animation will surely enjoy this sweet tribute to Floyd Norman's impressive career. Thanks to stories about what it was like to work directly with Walt Disney and the movie's behind-the-scenes look at the filmmaking process, it’s easy to see why Norman has always been so drawn to this industry. The movie cleverly includes animated cartoons from up-and-coming artists, but the must-see moments occur when Norman is showcasing his own skills. The interviews tend to ramble, but it’s clear that Norman is both loved and respected.
At times, Floyd Norman: An Animated Life feels rushed trying to cover all of Norman's accomplishments, while lingering too long on other aspects of his career. He insists that race was never an issue, but the topic still comes up several times before the film turns to his frustration with ageism. Still, like the classic Disney movies Norman animated at the start of his career, Floyd Norman: An Animated Life ends on a heartwarming note that will delight viewers.
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