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16 Unexpectedly Influential Film Directors of the 20th Century

David Hand

For years, Walt Disney allowed the general public to believe that he alone was the creator of his cartoons and live-action movies, and even the originator of such stories as Robin Hood, Cinderella, and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. But Disney's landmark 1937 release, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, was directed by a longtime animator and animation supervisor named David Hand. Snow White was the first feature-length cartoon, and its visual beauty and mammoth commercial success inspired generations of future animators, including those who work today with computer-generated images instead of pen and ink. Hand also directed Bambi (1942) and remained active until 1980's Mickey Mouse Disco.