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Thornton Hee is a Director, Story Editor and Sequence Supervisor American born on 26 march 1911 at Oklahoma (USA)

Thornton Hee

Thornton Hee
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Nationality USA
Birth 26 march 1911 at Oklahoma (USA)
Death 30 october 1998 (at 87 years) at Montana (USA)

"T." (Thornton) Hee (26 March 1911 – 30 October 1988) was an American animator, director, and teacher. He taught character design and caricature. He is always credited as T. Hee.

Hee worked at Leon Schlesinger Productions from 1935-36 as a character designer. He designed many of the celebrity caricatures used in The Coo Coo Nut Grove (1936) and The Woods Are Full of Cuckoos (1937). A 1936 Christmas card that he drew, featuring caricatures of the Schlesinger animators, was used to design the gremlins in the 1944 animated short Russian Rhapsody.

Hee joined The Walt Disney Company around 1937. He is most recognized for directing the Dance of the Hours segment of Fantasia. He left after the strike, but returned to work there twice, from 1940 to 1946, and again from 1958 to 1961. Hee also worked for United Productions of America (1951 to 1958) and Terrytoons (1961 to 1963).

Hee was one of the co-founders, along with Jack Hannah, of the Character Animation program at the California Institute of the Arts. He later served as chairman of the Film Arts Department.

Hee provided the illustrations used during the opening credits of The Life of Riley television show of the 1950s.

Biography

Hee travaille comme concepteur de personnage de 1935 à 1936 dans le studio Leon Schlesinger Productions. Il dessine alors la plupart des caricatures de vedettes dans The Coo Coo Nut Grove (1936) et The Woods Are Full of Cuckoos (1937). Une carte de noël qu'il dessina en 1936, avec les caricatures des animateurs des studios Schlesinger a été utilisée pour concevoir les gremlins dans le court métrage Russian Rhapsody (1944).

Hee rejoint les studios Disney en 1938 comme réalisateur, styliste et caricaturiste. Il est alors surtout connu pour avoir réalisé la séquence la Danse des heures de Fantasia (1940), celle de Grand Coquin et Gédéon dans Pinocchio (1940), ainsi que pour son travail sur Victoire dans les airs (1943) et La Boîte à musique (1946).

Il quitte les studios Disney juste après la grève de 1941 mais y revient deux fois, la première de 1942 à 1946 puis à nouveau de 1958 à 1961

Entre 1951 et 1958, il est animateur chez United Productions of America, et travaille de 1961 à 1963 pour Terrytoons.

Best films

Pinocchio (1940)
(Director)
Fantasia (1940)
(Director)

Usually with

Walt Disney
Walt Disney
(6 films)
Jack Kinney
Jack Kinney
(4 films)
Ward Kimball
Ward Kimball
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Thornton Hee (9 films)

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Director

Fantasia
Fantasia (1940)
, 2h5
Directed by Paul Satterfield, Norman Ferguson, Thornton Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Dave Hand, Ben Sharpsteen, James Algar, Ford Beebe, Hamilton Luske, Samuel Armstrong, Bill Roberts
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Dance films, Dinosaur films, Films about magic and magicians, Films about music and musicians, La préhistoire, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Mise en scène d'un rongeur, Films about classical music and musicians, Musical films, Mise en scène d'une souris, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Walt Disney, Jimmy MacDonald, Paul J. Smith, Corey Burton, Jean Piat, François Périer
Rating77% 3.89543.89543.89543.89543.8954
Le film est composé de sept séquences illustrant huit morceaux de musique classique, réorchestrés et dirigés par le chef d'orchestre Leopold Stokowski à la tête de l'Orchestre de Philadelphie. La dernière séquence illustre deux morceaux et un intermède sépare la séquence 4 et 5. Chaque séquence est précédée d'une courte introduction où l'orchestre est en ombre chinoise.
Pinocchio
Pinocchio (1940)
, 1h28
Directed by Norman Ferguson, Thornton Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about children, Jeu, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, Transport films, Cétacé, Adaptations de Pinocchio, Musical films, Films about toys, Buddy films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un cétacé
Actors Cliff Edwards, Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Mel Blanc, Walter Catlett, Charles Judels
Rating74% 3.7437253.7437253.7437253.7437253.743725
After singing the film's signature song "When You Wish Upon a Star", Jiminy Cricket explains that he is going to tell a story of a wish coming true. His story begins in the Tuscany workshop of a woodworker named Geppetto. Jiminy watches as Geppetto finishes work on a wooden marionette whom he names Pinocchio (a name his cat Figaro and fish Cleo both dislike). Before falling asleep, Geppetto makes a wish on a star that Pinocchio would be a real boy. During the night, a Blue Fairy visits the workshop and brings Pinocchio to life, although he still remains a puppet. She informs him that if he proves himself brave, truthful, and unselfish he will become a real boy and assigns Jiminy to be his conscience.
Danse des heures
Directed by Norman Ferguson, Thornton Hee
Origin USA
Themes Dance films, Children's films

Des portes s'ouvrent et des rideaux se lèvent laissant apparaître une autruche assoupie habillée en danseuse d'opéra avec des ballerines roses. Elle s'éveille et réveille d'autres danseuses, en ballerines bleues, qui après quelques pas se regroupent au pied d'un escalier pour entamer leur danse. Les danseuses passent en revue les pas et figures habituels d'un ballet tout en mangeant les fruits d'une corne d'abondance. Poursuivant et voulant manger le raisin de la première danseuse, elles sortent dans une cour entourée par une colonnade avec en son centre un bassin.

Scriptwriter

L'Arche de Noé
Directed by Bill Justice
Origin USA
Genres Animation
Themes Films about religion, Films based on the Bible, Children's films

Noé, aidé par ses trois fils et leurs femmes, construit une arche qui accueille un couple de chaque espèce animale pendant le déluge qui durera 40 jours.
Make Mine Music, 1h15
Directed by Joe Grant, Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Joshua Meador, Jack Kinney
Origin USA
Genres Musical theatre, Musical, Animation
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Nelson Eddy, Dinah Shore, Jerry Colonna, Sterling Holloway, Andy Russell, Ken Darby
Rating63% 3.192913.192913.192913.192913.19291
Le film se présente comme une séance dans une salle de spectacle. Il se compose de dix séquences nommées différemment lors de leurs rééditions en dehors du long métrage :
Victory Through Air Power, 1h5
Directed by Hal Roach, H. C. Potter, Charles Monroe Schulz, Clyde Geronimi, Fred Moore, Franklin Thomas, James Algar, Perce Pearce, Jack Kinney
Origin USA
Genres War, Documentary, Animation
Themes Politique, Transport films, Aviation films, Documentary films about war, Documentary films about historical events, Documentary films about technology, Political films, Documentary films about World War II, Children's films
Actors Art Baker
Roles Story Editor
Rating66% 3.338063.338063.338063.338063.33806
Le fait débute par un rappel historique. Il évoque les controverses liées au Général William Mitchell, pionnier de l'aviation militaire entre 1919 et 1936, année de sa mort. Il militait pour le développement d'une aviation ayant des bombardiers, mais sa hiérarchie croyait en la supériorité de la marine. En 1925, il fut même rétrogradé comme colonel.
The Reluctant Dragon, 1h12
Directed by Ub Iwerks, Alfred L. Werker, Ford Beebe, Hamilton Luske, Erwin Verity, Jack Cutting, Jack Kinney
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Documentary, Fantasy, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about dragons, Children's films
Actors Robert Benchley, Frances Gifford, Nana Bryant, Clarence Nash, Billy Lee, Frank Faylen
Roles Story
Rating69% 3.4949553.4949553.4949553.4949553.494955
L'humoriste Robert Benchley visite les studios Disney pour essayer de vendre à Walt Disney une idée pour un film d'animation : l'histoire du « Dragon récalcitrant ».
Le Dragon récalcitrant, 12minutes
Directed by Hamilton Luske
Origin USA
Themes Children's films
Actors Claud Allister

Un petit garçon rêve d’être chevalier et chasseur de dragon jusqu'à ce qu'il découvre la cachette d’un spécimen pas comme les autres. En effet, ce drôle de dragon aime prendre du bon temps, jouer et chanter. Il ne crache pas de feu et, plus que tout, déteste se battre. Le petit garçon décide de lui apprendre à se comporter comme un véritable dragon...
Mother Goose Goes Hollywood, 7minutes
Directed by Wilfred Jackson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about birds, Mise en scène d'un canard, Children's films
Actors Sara Berner, Clarence Nash, Zasu Pitts
Roles Story
Rating67% 3.3803753.3803753.3803753.3803753.380375
The film begins with a nursery book that opens by itself. Mother Goose appears on the title of the Leo the Lion from the MGM title cards. Underneath the goose is written, in Pig Latin, "Nertz to You". The opening disclaimer states that "any resemblance to characters herein portrayed to persons living or dead, is purely coincidental." Little Bo Peep (Katharine Hepburn) claims she "lost her sheep, really I have". After performing a few ballet steps she looks behind the next page of the book, which is turned around.

Team

Pinocchio
Pinocchio (1940)
, 1h28
Directed by Norman Ferguson, Thornton Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about children, Jeu, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, Transport films, Cétacé, Adaptations de Pinocchio, Musical films, Films about toys, Buddy films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un cétacé
Actors Cliff Edwards, Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Mel Blanc, Walter Catlett, Charles Judels
Roles Sequence Supervisor
Rating74% 3.7437253.7437253.7437253.7437253.743725
After singing the film's signature song "When You Wish Upon a Star", Jiminy Cricket explains that he is going to tell a story of a wish coming true. His story begins in the Tuscany workshop of a woodworker named Geppetto. Jiminy watches as Geppetto finishes work on a wooden marionette whom he names Pinocchio (a name his cat Figaro and fish Cleo both dislike). Before falling asleep, Geppetto makes a wish on a star that Pinocchio would be a real boy. During the night, a Blue Fairy visits the workshop and brings Pinocchio to life, although he still remains a puppet. She informs him that if he proves himself brave, truthful, and unselfish he will become a real boy and assigns Jiminy to be his conscience.