Burny Mattinson
Background information
Born (1935-05-13)May 13, 1935
Birthplace San Francisco, California, U.S.

September 28, 2018(2018-09-28) (aged 83)

Deathplace Los Angeles, California, United States
Cause of death
Alternate names
Years active 1955–2018
Spouse(s) Sylvia Mattinson

Burnett "Burny" Mattinson (May 13, 1935-September 28, 2018) is an American storyboarder for the Disney Feature Animation studio. Starting work in 1953, Burny has been, and still is part of Disney today. Mattinson was honored as an inductee of the Disney Legends program in 2008.[1]

Early life

Mattinson was born in San Francisco in 1935. His father, Bernie Mattinson, was a jazz drummer who starred with the Horace Heidt big band and, later, was a recording session drummer for Elvis Presley among many others. In 1945, the family moved to Los Angeles, once his fathers Band ended. A few years before, Mattinson was inspired by the 1940 film Pinocchio, Mattinson became enamored of animation and practiced by drawing Disney characters throughout his school years. After graduating high school, Mattinson took a job in "Traffic" (mail room) at Disney Studios (1953), hoping to someday pursue a career as an animator, and maybe get the chance to actually meet some animators.


Later,[2] Mattinson began as a "inbetweener" (an animator who draws pictures to fill frames in between the key frames), and soon started on the 1955 film Lady and the Tramp. He worked as an assistant on Sleeping Beauty and 101 Dalmatians. Mattinson then worked as an assistant to Eric Larson on The Sword and the Stone, Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book and The Aristocats, and became a character animator on Robin Hood and Winnie the Pooh.

Mattinson was a storyboard artist for the 1977 film The Rescuers. He also has story credits for The Fox and the Hound (1981), The Great Mouse Detective (1986), The Black Cauldron(1985), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Lion King (1994), and Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983).

Mattinson produced and directed Mickey's Christmas Carol and The Great Mouse Detective.

In 2008, Mattinson was awarded the Disney Legends award, and he also began working as Story Supervisor on the 2011 Winnie the Pooh reboot.

On March 24, 2011, Mattinson announced that he was pitching an idea for a full-length animated feature with Mickey Mouse as the main protagonist.[3] If greenlit, it may become an installment in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.



Year Title Role
1967 The Jungle Book Story Artist
1973 Robin Hood Character Animator
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Animator
The Rescuers Story
1981 The Fox and the Hound Story
1983 Mickey's Christmas Carol Writer/Director/Producer
1985 The Black Cauldron Story
1986 The Great Mouse Detective Writer/Director/Producer
1988 Oliver & Company Special Thanks
1991 Beauty and the Beast Story
1992 Aladdin Story
1994 The Lion King Story
1995 Pocahontas Story
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Story
1998 Mulan Story
1999 Tarzan Story
2011 Winnie the Pooh Story Supervisor
2014 Big Hero 6 Story Artist
2016 Zootopia Story Artist
2018 Gigantic Story Artist
2019 The Dolphin of the Ocean Story / Dedication
2020 Swan Lake Story

Personal life

Mattinson married Sylvia Fry, who also worked as an in-between artist on the Disney film Sleeping Beauty. They have three children. Sylvia Mattinson has also worked as an animator on films such as The Fox and the Hound and The Black Cauldron.


In 2017, Mattinson has a breast cancer and died in 2018 during production of The Dolphin of the Ocean


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