Legendary Disney Animator Ruthie Tompson Dies at 111

Legendary Ruthie Tompson Passed Away

She is the longest-living animation worker of all time and has shaped Disney’s most beloved films.

Ruthie Tompson died “peacefully in her sleep” at her home at the Motion Picture and Television Fund in Woodland Hills, Calif. on Sunday according to a statement from The Walt Disney Company.

Photo of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, New Zealand.

She began her career at the Walt Disney Studios as a painter in the Ink and Paint Department during the principal brilliant time of Disney movement. She was likewise one of the initial three ladies welcome to join the International Photographers Union, Local 659 of the IATSE, in 1952.

In 2000, Tompson was named a Disney Legend, the renowned honor granted to people in acknowledgment of their phenomenal commitments to The Walt Disney Company.

Photo of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, New Zealand.
Her famous works includes Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins, The Rescuers, and many more.

Tompson continued working for Disney and was promoted to animation checker during WWII, where she dealt with preparing and schooling films, for the U.S Armed Forces, featuring Disney characters like Mickey, Donald Duck and Goofy.

In a social media statement, previous Disney CEO Bob Iger honored the late artist by sharing a photo of them two. “RIP Ruthie Thompson…a true animation legend.”

Photo of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, New Zealand.

“Her contributions to Disney—from Snow White to The Rescuers—remain beloved classics to this day,” he composed. “While we will miss her smile & wonderful sense of humor, her exceptional work & pioneering spirit will forever inspire us.”

Ruthie Tompson retired in 1975 after working for The Walt Disney Company for almost 40 years.

Reactions to Legendary Disney Animator Ruthie Tompson Dies at 111

RIP Disney legend Ruthie Tompson ❤️ She was 111 years old.

@AlliApplebum

A legend indeed.

@mooski12

Thank you for all you did to make such great things for everyone!! For family so sorry for your loss.

@RaytolerRayt

A long, remarkable life.

@NickKrammes

Thank you for being apart of creating beautiful Disney magic 💜

@Tvchica

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