Background: mural by RMH for his children's nursery, circa 1935


• WARD KIMBALL's introduction at the 1978 Annie Awards (Anim. P. 1)
• GRIM NATWICK's Memoria (Animation Page 2)
• DICK HUEMER's recollections about his career (Animation Page 3)
• JOE ADAMSON's interview concerning the Fleischers (Anim. Page 4)
• FILMOGRAPHY from Disney's (Animation Page 5)
• OBITUARY from Daily Variety (this page)

Richard Martin Huemer

Richard Martin Huemer, 81, veteran animation story director and comic strip artist for the Disney Studios, died Nov. 30 of heart failure at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank.

Among the Disney features on which Huemer worked as story director were "Fantasia," "Dumbo," "Saludos Amigos," "Make Mine Music" and "Alice In Wonderland." He also oversaw the shorts "Goofy and Wilbur" and "The Whalers."

A native of New York, Huemer's first industry job was as an animator at the Raoul Barre Cartoon Studio in 1916. In 1923 he became an animation director at the Max Fleischer Studio, and seven years later assumed a similar position at the Charles Mintz Studio.

Moving to Disney in 1933, he left to free-lance the comic strip "Buck O'Rue" from 1948-51, but returned to work in story and television. He also wrote the "True Life Adventure" newspaper comic strip from 1955 until his retirement in 1973.

Last year he received an "Annie" award from the animators' group ASIFA for his career achievements.

He is survived by his widow, Polly, three sons and six grandchildren.

No funeral services.

--Daily Variety 186(1):24, Dec. 6, 1979

        by Joe


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