Arthur "Art" Stevens (May 1, 1915 â" May 22, 2007) was an animator, director and producer for Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Art Stevens was an animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios during the Golden Age of American Animation. Stevens began as an In-Betweener on the 1940 film Fantasia. After doing in-between work on several films, he received his first screen credit as a character animator was on Peter Pan in 1953. During his career, Stevens contributed to the storyboards and animation in many Disney cartoon shorts and feature films including Ward Kimball's critically acclaimed 1950s television documentaries Man in Space, Man and the Moon and Mars and Beyond. Stevens was also an animator on the Oscar-winning shorts Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom and It's Tough to Be a Bird.
In 1977, Stevens co-directed The Rescuers. He then co-produced and co-directed The Fox and the Hound (1981) and contributed story work during early production of The Black Cauldron.
Stevens retired in 1983 after forty-three years at the Disney animation studio.
Stevens was born in Roy, Montana. He was married to his wife, Penny, for 68 years, with whom he had two sons Craig and Kent. Stevens died of a heart attack in Studio City, California in 2007.
Filmography as director
- The Rescuers (1977)
- The Fox and the Hound (1981)
- "Art Stevens, 92; Disney animator, director, producer". Los Angeles Times. June 30, 2007. p.Â Obit. Retrieved 25 March 2013.Â
- "Disney animator Art Stevens dies at 92". USA Today. July 2, 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2013.Â
- Art Stevens at the Internet Movie Database