Norm Ferguson was a sequence director on Pinocchio. He was already a senior animator, and part of his job was to pass on his knowledge to kids like Lounsbery, Milt Kahl, Frank & Ollie and all the others who much later would be part of the Nine Old Men’s Club. Walt Disney loved the loose quality in his animation and encouraged everybody to try the “Fergy” method, because in his scenes the characters truly came to life. Ferguson not only animated scenes with Gideon and the fox, but also laid out poses and acting business for other animators.


Coming Soon: 2nd Disney Flipbook Series ‘Nine MORE Old Men’

As a follow-up to 2013’s Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men: The Flipbooks, Pixar director Pete Docter (Inside Out, Up,) is releasing a second set: Walt Disney’s Masters Of Animation: Nine More Old Men—The Flipbooks.

The box set will contain nine flip books that pay tribute to Disney’s early – non-’Nine Old Men’ animators. Legendary animators Ub Iwerks, Norm Ferguson, Billl Tytla, Ham Luske, Art Babbitt, Grim Gatwick, Freddie Moore, Hal King, and John Sibley are featured in this special set.

Each flipbook features a scene from an animated Disney feature in its original line-drawn form, having been selected from among a wide range of films for great movement and classic characters.In addition to the filpbooks, the box contains a booklet detailing the incredible talents that the animators contributed to The Walt Disney Animation Studios, for which they have all been named Disney legends. 

The set will be released in October of 2017.