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Wed Oct 13, 2021, 08:19 AM

Ruthie Tompson Dies at 111; Breathed Animated Life Into Disney Films

Source: NY Times

One of a cadre of women who worked behind the scenes, she did indispensable but anonymous work on classics like “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “Pinocchio.”

By Margalit Fox

If Snow White looked suitably snowy in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” if Pinocchio’s nose grew at just the right rate, if Dumbo was the correct shade of elephantine gray, all that was due in part to the largely unheralded work of Ruthie Tompson.

One of a cadre of women who in the 1930s and ’40s worked at Disney in indispensable anonymity — and one of its longest-lived members — Ms. Tompson, who died on Sunday at 111, spent four decades at the studio. Over time, she worked on nearly every one of Disney’s animated features, from “Snow White” — Disney’s first, released in 1937 — to “The Rescuers,” released in 1977.

A Disney spokesman, Howard Green, said she died at the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s retirement community in Woodland Hills, Calif., where she had been a longtime resident.

Ms. Tompson joined Disney as an inker and painter. She later trained her eye on the thousands of drawings that make up an animated feature, checking them for continuity of color and line. Still later, as a member of the studio’s scene planning department, she devised exacting ways for its film cameras to bring those flat, static drawings to vivid animated life.



Ruthie Tompson at work in an undated photo. Over four decades she worked on nearly every one of Disney’s animated features, from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” released in 1937, to “The Rescuers,” released in 1977.Credit...Disney

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Reply Ruthie Tompson Dies at 111; Breathed Animated Life Into Disney Films (Original post)
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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 08:23 AM

1. As a long time disney collector, this is sad news but at least her artwork (and her life's work)

lives on. May she rest in Peace.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 08:35 AM

2. Thank You for posting...K and R..

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Wed Oct 13, 2021, 08:55 AM

3. RIP Ruthiest

What a crapshoot life is, some folks die in their 30s, 40s, others live past 100.

This takes me back to this woman 117, I think she lived in France, who caught COVID and survived it, saw her as she left the Hospital on TV, not in a wheelchair, no cane, standing up talking with the Media.

She’s my new Role Model!

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Wed Oct 13, 2021, 09:19 AM

4. Peaceful passage, Ms Tompson and thank you. n/t

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Wed Oct 13, 2021, 09:22 AM

5. Amazing life.

RIP, Ms. Tompson.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 10:04 AM

6. I highly recommend the book "Queens of Animation" by Nathalia Holt

It’s about the women who played a significant creative role in the artistry of the classic Disney films.

Most women were, like Ms. Thompson, relegated to the tedious menial jobs in the ink and paint department, tracing the pencil drawings made by the male animators onto cels and adding the paint to colour in the drawings as directed by the animator. There were a select few who rose to prominence to design characters or backgrounds, or even story development.

Ms. Thompson is mentioned briefly in the book.

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