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Wolfgang Reitherman is a Actor, Director, Producer, Director of Photography and Animation American born on 26 june 1909 at Munich (German)

Wolfgang Reitherman

Wolfgang Reitherman
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Nationality USA
Birth 26 june 1909 at Munich (German)
Death 22 may 1985 (at 75 years) at Burbank (USA)
Awards Distinguished Flying Cross

Wolfgang Reitherman (June 26, 1909 – May 22, 1985), also known and sometimes credited as Woolie Reitherman, was a famed Disney animator and one of Disney's Nine Old Men.

Biography

Wolfgang Reitherman est né à Munich en Allemagne avant que sa famille n'émigre aux États-Unis pour s'installer en Californie à Pasadena. Il étudia au Pasadena Junior College puis travailla brièvement comme dessinateur technique pour la Douglas Aircraft Company. Après ce passage dans la vie active, il décide de reprendre des études de dessins artistiques au Chouinard Art Institute dont il sort diplôme en 1933.

En 1933, il intègre les studios Disney et travaille avec des animateurs comme Ward Kimball et Milt Kahl. Sa première contribution notable concerne Les Petits Lapins joyeux, sorti le 24 mars.

Tous les trois participent à la production de La Fanfare (1935), Jazz Band contre Symphony Land (1935) et Elmer l'éléphant (1936). Walt Disney le transfère ensuite à la production de son premier long-métrage Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains (1937).

À partir des années 1940, Wolfgang Reitherman travaille sur plusieurs longs-métrages, la plupart des grands classiques de Disney dont :


Pinocchio (1940), la baleine Monstro.
Fantasia (1940), la bataille de dinosaures
Peter Pan (1953), le crocodile
La Belle et le Clochard (1955), le rat
La Belle au bois dormant (1959), le dragon
Les 101 Dalmatiens (1961)
Merlin l'Enchanteur (1963)
Le Livre de la Jungle (1967)
Les Aristochats (1970)
Robin des Bois (1973)
Les Aventures de Bernard et Bianca (1977)
Rox et Rouky (1981)
On peut noter son rôle d'acteur dans Le Dragon récalcitrant (1941). Mais entre 1940 et 1953, il passe sous la direction de Jack Kinney et anime de nombreux courts-métrages avec Dingo. Frank Thomas et Ollie Johnston dans Disney Animation : The Illusion of Life qualifient le travail de Reitherman sur Dingo ainsi : « Le Dingo animé par Woolie communiquait avec le public d'une façon que seul Wooly pouvait faire - c'était un nouveau type d'animation. Son timing, sa mise en scène, sa texture, son rythme, son désir de faire quelque chose de différent, son sens du bon gag, la connaissance de ce qui amusait (et a la faculté de penser à quelque chose comme si ce n'était pas le cas), tout s'orientait selon sa direction. »

À la fin des années 1950, il devient coréalisateur avec comme premier essai La Belle au bois dormant puis seul au poste de réalisateur d'un long métrage, avec Merlin l'Enchanteur (1963).

En 1961, il devient le directeur de l'animation des studios Disney. Les trois fils de Reitherman, Bruce, Richard et Robert, ont incarné les voix de plusieurs personnages des films de Walt Disney dont Mowgli, Christopher Robin ou dans Merlin l'Enchanteur.
Après la mort de Walt Disney en 1966, il prend en charge la production de tous les films d'animations jusqu'à sa retraite.

Wolfgang Reitherman prend sa retraite en 1980. Il est mort cinq ans plus tard à l'âge de 75 ans dans un accident de voiture près de sa maison de Burbank.

En 1989, il reçoit à titre posthume la distinction Disney Legend.

Best films

Alice in Wonderland (1951)
(Animation)
Cinderella (1950)
(Animation Director)
One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
(Director)
The Jungle Book (1967)
(Director)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
(Animation)
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
(Animation)

Usually with

Walt Disney
Walt Disney
(39 films)
Franklin Thomas
Franklin Thomas
(19 films)
John Lounsbery
John Lounsbery
(21 films)
Roger Carel
Roger Carel
(18 films)
Milt Kahl
Milt Kahl
(18 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Wolfgang Reitherman (50 films)

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Actor

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 Artist (artiste)
Rating69% 3.4940053.4940053.4940053.4940053.494005
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 ».

Director

Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore, 25minutes
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman
Origin USA
Genres Animation
Themes Films about animals, Mise en scène d'un ours, Mise en scène d'un tigre, Musical films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Laurie Main, Paul Winchell, Jim Cummings, Will Ryan, Ralph Wright, Hal Smith
Rating73% 3.687213.687213.687213.687213.68721
The film begins with the invention of a racing game called Poohsticks in which Pooh takes a walk to a wooden bridge over a river where he likes to do nothing in particular. On this day, though, he finds a fir cone and picks it up. Pooh thinks up a rhyme to go with the fir cone, but he accidentally trips on a tree root and drops it in the river. Noticing that the flow of the river takes the cone under the bridge, Pooh invents a racing game out of it. As the game uses sticks instead of cones, he calls it "Poosticks".
The Rescuers, 1h17
Directed by Art Stevens, Wolfgang Reitherman, Richard Rich, John Lounsbery
Origin USA
Genres Comedy-drama, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about children, Politique, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Musical films, Political films, Buddy films, Children's films
Actors Eva Gabor, Bob Newhart, Geraldine Page, Joe Flynn, Johnny Flynn, Robie Lester
Rating68% 3.447363.447363.447363.447363.44736
In an abandoned river boat in Devil's Bayou, a young orphan named Penny drops a message in a bottle containing a plea for help into the river. The bottle washes up in New York City, where it is recovered by the Rescue Aid Society, an international mouse organization inside the United Nations. The Hungarian representative, Miss Bianca, volunteers to accept the case and chooses Bernard, a stammering janitor, as her co-agent. The two visit Morningside Orphanage, where Penny lived, and meet an old cat named Rufus. He tells them about a woman named Madame Medusa who once tried to lure Penny into her car and may have succeeded in abducting Penny this time.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, 1h14
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, Richard Rich, John Lounsbery, Edward Hansen
Origin USA
Genres Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about pigs, Mise en scène d'un lapin ou d'un lièvre, Films about birds, Mise en scène d'un ours, Mise en scène d'un tigre, Musical films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Sterling Holloway, Sebastian Cabot, John Fiedler, Junius Matthews, Paul Winchell, Barbara Luddy
Rating75% 3.7994153.7994153.7994153.7994153.799415
The film's content is derived from three previously released animated featurettes Disney produced based upon the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A. A. Milne: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966), Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968), and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974). Extra material used to link the three featurettes together was added to allow the stories to merge into each other.
One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing, 1h40
Directed by Robert Stevenson, Art Stevens, Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, Spy films, La préhistoire, Animaux préhistoriques, Children's films
Actors Peter Ustinov, Helen Hayes, Clive Revill, Derek Nimmo, Percy Herbert, Hugh Burden
Rating60% 3.000163.000163.000163.000163.00016
Escaping from China with a microfilm of the formula for the mysterious "Lotus X", Lord Southmere, a Queen's Messenger, is chased by a group of Chinese spies.
Robin Hood
Robin Hood (1973)
, 1h23
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, Edward Hansen
Origin USA
Genres Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about foxes, Musical films, Buddy films, Children's films
Actors Phil Harris, Andy Devine, Peter Ustinov, Terry-Thomas, Ken Curtis, Brian Bedford
Rating75% 3.7952753.7952753.7952753.7952753.795275
Alan-a-Dale introduces the story of Robin Hood and Little John, two outlaws living in Sherwood Forest, where they rob from the rich and give to the poor townsfolk of Nottingham, despite the efforts of the Sheriff of Nottingham to stop them. Meanwhile, Prince John and his assistant Sir Hiss arrive in Nottingham on a tour of the kingdom. Knowing the royal coach is laden with riches, Robin and Little John rob Prince John by disguising themselves as fortune tellers. The embarrassed Prince John then puts a bounty on their heads and makes the Sheriff his personal tax collector, who takes pleasure in collecting funds from the townsfolk including hidden money from the crippled blacksmith Otto and a single farthing from a young rabbit, Skippy, who had just received it as a birthday present. However, Robin Hood, disguised as a beggar, sneaks in and gives back some money to the family, as well as his hat and a bow to Skippy in honor of his birthday.
The Aristocats, 1h18
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, Edward Hansen
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about music and musicians, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about cats, Films about dogs, Jazz films, Musical films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Scatman Crothers, Hermione Gingold, Robie Lester, Gary Dubin
Rating71% 3.5532153.5532153.5532153.5532153.553215
In Paris in 1910, mother cat Duchess and her three kittens, Marie, Berlioz, and Toulouse, live with retired opera diva Madame Adelaide Bonfamille, and her English butler, Edgar. While preparing her will with lawyer Georges Hautecourt, Madame declares her fortune to be left to her cats until their deaths, and thereafter to Edgar. Edgar hears this through a speaking tube, and plots to eliminate the cats. Therefore, he sedates the cats by sleeping pills in their food, and enters the countryside to abandon them. There, he is ambushed by two hounds, named Napoleon and Lafayette, and the cats are stranded in the countryside, while Madame Adelaide, Roquefort the mouse, and Frou-Frou the horse discover their absence. In the morning, Duchess meets an alley cat named Thomas O'Malley, who offers to guide her and the kittens to Paris. The group briefly hitchhike in a milk cart before being chased off by the driver. Later, while crossing a railroad trestle, the cats narrowly avoid an oncoming train, but Marie falls into a river and is saved by O'Malley; himself rescued by two English geese, Amelia and Abigail Gabble, who accompany the cats to Paris. Edgar returns to the country to retrieve his possessions from Napoleon and Lafayette, as the only evidence that could incriminate him.
Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, 25minutes
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman
Origin USA
Genres Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Sterling Holloway, Sebastian Cabot, John Fiedler, Paul Winchell, Hal Smith, Jimmy Bennett
Rating79% 3.9932953.9932953.9932953.9932953.993295
The story begins when Winnie the Pooh is on his way to his thoughtful spot. Today is a very windy day. But as Pooh sits thinking, Gopher pops out of the ground and advises Pooh to leave the spot because of it being "Winds-day". Pooh, having misunderstood his warning, goes across the Hundred Acre Wood to wish everyone a happy Winds-day. Pooh first goes to his friend Piglet who lives in a beech tree. Piglet originally came out to rake leaves but the wind proves too strong for him to handle. Piglet is nearly blown away but Pooh quickly hangs on to him by his scarf, like a kite on a string. As Pooh struggles to keep a hold of the scarf he passes by Kanga and Roo, wishing them both a happy Winds-day; Eeyore, whose stick house Pooh breaks as he passes; and finally Rabbit, who Pooh inadvertently helps harvest the carrots in his vegetable garden as he slides by.
The Jungle Book, 1h18
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about children, Le thème de l'enfant sauvage, Films about music and musicians, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Wolves in film, Mise en scène d'un ours, Films about apes, Mise en scène d'un tigre, L'enfance marginalisée, Musical films, Buddy films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Bruce Reitherman, Phil Harris, Louis Prima, George Sanders, Sterling Holloway, Sebastian Cabot
Rating75% 3.795173.795173.795173.795173.79517
Mowgli, a young orphan boy, is found in a basket in the deep jungles of India by Bagheera, a black panther who promptly takes him to a mother wolf who has just had cubs. She raises him along with her own cubs and Mowgli soon becomes well acquainted with jungle life. Mowgli is shown ten years later, playing with his wolf siblings.
Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, 23minutes
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman
Origin USA
Genres Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Mise en scène d'un ours, Musical films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Sterling Holloway, Junius Matthews, Bruce Reitherman, Sebastian Cabot, Hal Smith, Howard Morris
Rating79% 3.994893.994893.994893.994893.99489
The story opens with Pooh Bear going through his morning exercise, during which he accidentally rips the stitching on his bottom. After repairing his torn rump, Pooh goes to his pantry for some breakfast, but finds he is fresh out of honey. He hears a bee fly by and decides to climb the honey tree, but while climbing the branch he is standing on breaks and he falls, landing in a gorse bush. Needing help, Pooh heads to Christopher Robin's house. Pooh gets Christopher Robin's magical blue balloon to try to get the honey from the honey tree. He rolls himself in a muddy puddle to disguise himself as a little black raincloud, and then uses the balloon to float up next to the hive. Once he reaches the bee hive he takes a giant handful of honey with bees still in it. He eats the honey then spits out the bees, one of which is the queen bee who falls into the mud below. The queen bee proceeds to sting Pooh's bottom which jams his rear into the hive. A now scared Pooh admits to Christopher Robin these are the wrong sorts of bees and the angry bees end up pushing him out the hive and chasing Pooh and Christopher Robin. The two barely manage to escape the angry swarm by diving into the mud puddle.
The Sword in the Stone, 1h19
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Films about dogs, Films about dragons, Witches in film, Musical films, Political films, Steampunk films, Buddy films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Films about royalty
Actors Karl Swenson, Junius Matthews, Rickie Sorensen, Sebastian Cabot, Norman Alden, Martha Wentworth
Rating71% 3.5998853.5998853.5998853.5998853.599885
After the King of England, Uther Pendragon, dies, leaving no heir to the throne, a sword appears inside an anvil in London. The sword bears an inscription proclaiming that whoever removes it will be the new king. No one can remove the sword, which is eventually forgotten, leaving England in the Dark Ages.
One Hundred and One Dalmatians, 1h19
Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman, Hamilton Luske
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about dogs, Musical films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Rod Taylor, Cate Bauer, Betty Lou Gerson, J. Pat O'Malley, Ben Wright, Martha Wentworth
Rating71% 3.597423.597423.597423.597423.59742
Songwriter Roger Radcliffe lives in a bachelor flat in London, along with his dalmatian, Pongo. Bored with bachelor life, Pongo decides to find a wife for Roger and a mate for himself. While watching various female dog-human pairs out the window, he spots the perfect one, a woman named Anita and her female dalmatian, Perdita. He quickly gets Roger out of the house and drags him through the park to arrange a meeting. He and Anita fall in love and get married.
Dingo fait de la natation, 8minutes
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman
Origin USA
Themes Children's films

Dingo joue le rôle d'un père qui vient d'acquérir un bateau et amène son fils à la mer pour le week-end. Il démontre ses capacités à faire du ski nautique. Le fils, impressionné, inscrit son père à une compétition. Ce sera la source de nombreuses mésaventures de la pieuvre aux montagnes russes en ski. Dingo finira par remporter la course.
Goliath II
Goliath II (1960)
, 19minutes
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman
Origin USA
Genres Animation
Themes Films about animals, Mise en scène d'un éléphant, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Sterling Holloway, Mel Blanc, Kevin Corcoran, Barbara Jo Allen, J. Pat O'Malley, Paul Frees

Goliath II est un petit éléphant, fils de l'imposant Goliath roi de la jungle. Cela désespère son père.
Sleeping Beauty, 1h15
Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman, Les Clark, Eric Larson
Origin USA
Genres Musical theatre, Fantasy, Musical, Animation, Romance
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Vieillesse, Films about dragons, Les fées, Witches in film, Musical films, Political films, Children's films, Films about royalty
Actors Mary Costa, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton, Barbara Luddy, Barbara Jo Allen, Bill Shirley
Rating71% 3.5963753.5963753.5963753.5963753.596375
After many childless years, King Stefan and Queen Leah, his lovely and beautiful wife, happily welcome the birth of their daughter, Princess Aurora. They proclaim a holiday for their subjects to pay homage to the princess and celebrate her birth. At the gathering for her christening she is betrothed to Prince Phillip, a small boy who is the only son of King Hubert, King Stefan's friend, so that their kingdoms will always be united.