Thursday, October 18, 2007
Dick Huemer: Newspaper Naturalist and Disney Legend
On October 10, Dick Huemer was posthumously named a Disney Legend. Aside from major contributions to the art of animation in general and Disney animation in particular, Dick wrote the newspaper comic panel Walt Disney’s True-Life Adventures from 1955 until his retirement in 1973. Like the Oscar-winning series of nature documentaries that inspired it, this daily panel mined the world of nature for factoids both dramatic and humorous, or more accurately “Huemer-ous” as Dick brought his flair for Disney storytelling and showmanship to over 4,000 panels. Dick’s expert research and writing were matched by the skilful art of George Wheeler, as in this example from 1964.