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Floyd Norman: An Animated Life

By Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Legendary Disney animator battles ageism in sweet doc.

Movie NR 2016 94 minutes
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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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