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Don Towsley (animator)

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Donald F. Towsley
Born(1912-05-11)May 11, 1912
DiedNovember 25, 1986(1986-11-25) (aged 74)
Occupationanimator, director

Donald F. "Don" Towsley (May 11, 1912 – November 25, 1986) was an American animator who worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios,[1] and later at MGM and Filmation.


Starting out at Disney, Towsley worked on three shorts in the Silly Symphony series, animating the band in The Cookie Carnival (1935), a scene of dancing hens ultimately cut from Cock o' the Walk (1935), and the introduction and opening scene of Donald's Better Self (1938).[2] In 1938, Towsley became the main animator for the Donald Duck short films, following Fred Spencer's death.[3]

Towsley contributed to the 1940 film Pinocchio, as part of the team responsible for Jiminy Cricket and Monstro the Whale.[4] He also animated "The Pastoral Symphony" segment of the 1940 film Fantasia.[5]

In 1943, Towsley, along with a team of animators, contributed to a wartime animated short film titled Der Fuehrer's Face produced by Walt Disney.[6]

In 1948, after leaving the Disney studio, Towsley created a line of children's wallpaper cutouts, featuring images of animals.[7][8]

In the 1960s, Towsley worked for MGM's Tom and Jerry series, including animation work on 1965's Haunted Mouse.[9]

Towsley joined the Filmation animation studio in 1968 as an associate director.[10] He directed episodes of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972–74), My Favorite Martians (1973–75), The New Adventures of Gilligan (1974–77), The U.S. of Archie (1974–76), The New Adventures of Batman (1977), Sabrina, Super Witch (1977–78) and The New Adventures of Flash Gordon (1979–80), among others.[11] He also directed a sequence in Filmation's 1972 film, Journey Back to Oz.[12]


Year Title Credits Characters
1940 Pinocchio Animator
Fantasia Animation Supervisor - Segment "The Pastoral Symphony"
1941 Dumbo Animator


  1. ^ Massen, Michael (2011). The Artist's Guide to Drawing the Clothed Figure: A Complete Resource on Rendering Clothing and Drapery. Watson-Guptill Publications. p. 208. ISBN 9780823001194. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  2. ^ Merritt, Russell; Kaufman, J.B. (2016). Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies: A Companion to the Classic Cartoon Series. Disney Editions. pp. 163, 171, 222. ISBN 978-1-4847-5132-9.
  3. ^ Ghez, Didier (2010). Walt's People : Talking Disney with the Artists who Knew Him, Volume 9. Xlibris. p. 306. ISBN 978-1-4500-8746-9. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  4. ^ Blowen, Michael (December 20, 1984). "Pinocchio Carves a Special Space in Film". The Boston Globe. p. 110. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  5. ^ Culhane, John (1999). Walt Disney's Fantasia. Harry N. Abrams. p. 138. ISBN 9780810980785.
  6. ^ Shull, Michael S.; Shull, Michael; Wilt, David E. (1987). "Doing Their Bit: Wartime American Animated Short Films, 1939-1945". McFarland & Co. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  7. ^ Riebeth, Rome (August 22, 1948). "Decal Menagerie". Minneapolis Star-Tribune. p. 14. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  8. ^ Youse, Olive (April 10, 1949). "Cheery Child's Room Created with Cut Outs: Animal Figures Cavort on Wallpaper". Chicago Tribune. p. 82. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  9. ^ Hallenbeck, Bruce G. (2009). Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008. McFarland & Co. p. 234. ISBN 9780786453788.
  10. ^ Scheimer, Lou; Mangels, Andy (2012). Creating the Filmation Generation. TwoMorrows Publishing. pp. 61–62. ISBN 978-1-60549-044-1.
  11. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 91, 114, 322, 331, 573, 583, 702. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  12. ^ McCall, Douglas L. (2015). Film Cartoons: A Guide to 20th Century American Animated Features and Shorts. McFarland & Co. p. 40. ISBN 9781476609669.

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