... and Disney phone call.
As Mr. Aardal related the story to Mega, Ed was laid off after Lady and the Tramp wrapped up. But shortly thereafter, Walt Disney was looking at development and drawings for Sleeping Beauty, and said: "You know, this would be good sequence to give to Ed Ardaal."
At which point, underlings informed Walt that Ed had been ... uh ... given his walking papers.
Soon after, Walt Disney called Ed and asked him to come back to the studio, as he had some work that was right up Ed's alley. But Ed replied: "Gee Walt, I've got another job."
And Ed never did go back to WDP.
(Whether the tale is apocryphal or not, it was the way Ed told it to Mega ... and I'm telling it to you.)
Here is some of Ed's handiwork soon after departing the House of Mouse.