Harry Holt

Disney animator

Disney animator Harry Holt, died April 14 in Casselberry, Florida. He was 93.

Holt helped design legendary scenes in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” and “Lady and the Tramp.”

Holt’s career with Disney began in 1936. He began as an apprentice and quickly worked his way to playing a role in the development of Snow White.

He remained with Disney for 20 years until he left to work in television production and art direction. He joined Hanna-Barbera Studios, where he worked on the “Flintstones” TV series and “Tom and Jerry” cartoons.

Holt returned to Disney in the 1960s as plans were being developed for Walt Disney World in Orlando.

Holt became chief designer, assigned to interpret and design sculptural forms for Disney World. He sculpted the original models of characters for several rides including Pirates of the Caribbean.

Those models were then used as references for the sculpture department to create life-size animatronic characters. Other attractions based on his models were Country Bear Jamboree, Snow White, Peter Pan and the Haunted Mansion.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara.

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