Disney Animator, Dale Baer, Passes Away at Age 70

A longtime Disney Animator, Dale Baer, passed away at age 70. Disney Animation took to Facebook and Twitter to share the sad news. Shared below are the many talents Dale brought to The Walt Disney Company over his impressive career.


As shared via Disney Animation Twitter: “We are saddened by the passing of animator Dale Baer. He was the supervising animator of beloved characters including Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove and Owl from Winnie the Pooh. Baer’s first role at Disney Animation was as a trainee on Robin Hood and over the course of his career, he animated on films such as The Lion King, Treasure Planet, Home on the Range, Meet the Robinsons and The Princess and the Frog. His work can also be seen in shorts like “How to Hook Up Your Home Theater,” “Get a Horse!” and “Feast.” Having directly worked with six of Disney’s legendary Nine Old Men (Walt Disney’s trusted and pioneering team of animation giants), he carried on their legacy in his own work, and through the many aspiring animators he so generously mentored at the Studio and through his classes at CalArts and other institutions. He was a great friend and will be deeply missed.”

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Your talents will be missed Dale. We are however thankful to enjoy your works well into the future! Our thoughts and prayers are with the Baer family.

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