Phyllis Barnhart

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Phyllis Barnhart (December 16, 1922 – February 6, 2008) was an American animator and cel painter. She was best known for her work on the 1982 animated film, The Secret of NIMH.[1]

Barnhart was born on December 16, 1922, in Levan, Utah.[1] She began her career in animation at the Walt Disney Animation Studios during the 1940s.[1] She later worked as an animator for such classic animation studios as Filmation, Hanna-Barbera, Bandolier Films and DePatie-Freleng. She worked as one of the lead cel painters for The Secret of NIMH (1982), which was produced by Don Bluth Productions.[1]

Barnhart's husband, animator Dale Barnhart, died in 1996.[1] He worked as a Disney layout and background artist on films such as The Jungle Book and The Sword in the Stone.[1]

Phyllis Barnhart died at the age of 85 on February 6, 2008, in Salt Lake City, Utah.[1] She was survived by her daughter, Fotini, and three sons, Rhio, Roberleigh and Philo.[1]


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