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Walt Disney Animation Studios Producer Passes Away

randy fullmer walt disney animation studios producers dies at age 73
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Unfortunately, the Walt Disney family lost a beloved member of its animation department. Randy Fullmer was a long-time admired and successful Walt Disney Animation Studios Producer and Effects Animator. Throughout his career, Randy Fullmer made significant contributions to the animation industry, helping to bring memorable characters and stories to life. His work played a crucial role in shaping the success and impact of Walt Disney Animation Studios. He was 73.

randy fullmer walt disney animation studios producers dies at age 73

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Throughout his life, Randall Wyn Fullmer was a film producer known best for his work in animation. Primarily working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, he was involved in various successful and now iconic projects. As a producer, Fullmer collaborated with renowned directors like Ron Clements and John Musker, while contributing to the creation of beloved Disney animated films.

Some of his notable credits include working as an associate producer on The Little Mermaid (1989), as well as producing films like Aladdin (1992) and Mulan (1998). Fullmer also held positions such as a production manager on the critically acclaimed Beauty and the Beast (1991). Randy Fullmer worked on effects animation on Oliver & Company, The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, and eventually was an artistic coordinator on The Lion King and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

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Fullmer was a graduate of CalArts, a school known for birthing animation genius, and ran his own business providing educational content for Sesame Street. He started what would be his 18-year-long career with Walt Disney Animation Studios working on Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 1987.

One of Randy Fullmer’s biggest successes was saving Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove. Disney animation honored his legacy with this tweet today,

In commemoration of Randy Fullmer’s life of many talents and interests, we share this iconic moment from The Emperor’s New Groove. Randy was producer for The Emperor’s New Groove and Chicken Little, and played a key role in guiding the studio through significant technological shifts in the ’90s. He bridged the artistic and technical departments in multiple films, including The Lion King, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin.

Fullmer retired from animation after Chicken Little and produced a documentary, Restrung, about his new passion – making beautiful bass guitars and satisfying his artistic creativity in a new medium.

Fans remember him fondly as a truly good person, who will be missed.

About Lana Porter

Lana has never lost a Disney Trivia night. Maybe it’s the hundreds of times she’s been to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, her love for Disney’s ’90’s era hand-animated musicals, or the fact that she’s often likened to cartoon characters, but Disney and its magic have a special place in her heart. Her favorite Disney experiences include the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, eating Mickey Bars on the PeopleMover, and crying during the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. One day she hopes to be chosen as the rebel spy on Star Tours. When Lana isn’t Park Hopping, she’s at home reading books of all topics, watching her favs on Disney+, or snuggling her two cats, which she swears are not named after Disney characters. She loves surprising people with her knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but admits she is still catching up with Star Wars. She is happy to combine her excitement for writing with her love for Disney-style storytelling and share what she can with the world!