Ken Anderson (animator)

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Kenneth B. (Ken) Anderson (March 17, 1909 – January 13, 1993) was an art director,and writer at Walt Disney Animation Studios for 44 years.

Anderson studied architecture at the University of Washington, graduating with a B.Arch. in 1934. He was particularly influenced by faculty member Lionel Pries.

With the delineation skills he learned in architecture school, he soon secured a position at Disney. Anderson was a key player in some of the studio's most well-known animated films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, and The Jungle Book. He also worked on the development of Disneyland. Ken is a 1991 winner of the Disney Legends award for Animation & Imagineering.

Ken Anderson died in La Cañada Flintridge from a stroke at the age of 84.



Art Director


Art department

Production Designer

Miscellaneous Crew



  • Winsor McCay Award 1982
  • Disney Legend (Animation & Imagineering) 1991

Further reading

  • Allan, Robin, Walt Disney and Europe: European Influences on the Animated Feature Films of Walt Disney, Indiana University Press, Bloomington and Indianapolis 1999.
  • Canemaker, John, Before the Animation Begins: The Art and Lives of Disney Inspirational Sketch Artists, Hyperion, New York 1996 (especially pages 168-182, a full chapter devoted to Ken Anderson).
  • Ghez, Didier, Walt's People Volume 1: Talking Disney With The Artists Who Knew Him, Theme Park Press, 2005 (contains an entire interview with Ken Anderson from 1992 conducted by Paul F. Anderson).

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