Mel Shaw, master storyman and visdev artist known for his work for Disney and other studios, has passed away at the age of ninety-four.
In his teens, Shaw got his first animation job at Harman-Ising where he worked for several years before coming to Disney in 1937, where he did visdev art for Fantasia, Bambi and The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.
During WWII he did training films with Hugh Harman and developed a live-action/animated feature of The Little Prince with Orson Welles. After the war he started the Allen-Shaw design studio with former Harman-Ising co-worker Bob Allen, which worked on the original Howdy Doody puppet.
In 1974, Shaw returned to Disney and contributed visdev and story ideas to films including The Rescuers, The Fox and the Hound, The Great Mouse Detective, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, among others. He retired in 1989.
His artwork is on display at his website, melshawstudios.com.