Mr. Edmonds' first assignment at the Mouse House was animating on Oliver and Dodger, the leads in Oliver & Co. Management was so pleased with the work that he found himself working on more four-legged characters ...
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Through most of the nineties, Russ was one of Disney's quadriped specialists. He supervised the sheepdog Max in The Little Mermaid, the lioness Sarabi in Lion King, the ape Kala in Tarzan, and an abundance of horses in Home on the Range.
Which isn't to say that Russ hasn't done a lot of two-legged characters (Phoebus in Hunchback of Notre Dame) and even no-legged characters (the Genie in the John-and-Ron picture). It's just that Russ likes and owns horses, and his outside hobby has run over into his professional work.
But it's good when all your interests conjoin, yes?