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David Hand

Born: Jan 23, 1900

Death: Oct 11, 1986

Birthplace: Plainfield

Profession: Film Producer

Nationality: United States

David Hand

Date of Birth : Jan 23, 1900
Date of Death : Oct 11, 1986
Birth Place : Plainfield

David Dodd Hand was an animator and animation filmmaker, best known for his work at Walt Disney Productions. Hand worked on numerous Disney shorts during the 1930s, eventually becoming supervising director on the animated features Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Bambi. Born in Plainfield, New Jersey, Hand began his animation career working on the Out of the Inkwell cartoons throughout the 1920s. He joined the Disney studio in 1930, during a major drive by Disney to recruit from the cream of animating talent. Hand immediately made his mark as an animator, contributing to mostly to Silly Symphonies such as Midnight in a Toy Shop, The China Plate and Egyptian Melodies. By 1932 he was regarded as one of Disney's top animators. as well as having become a close friend of Walt Disney. Hand's organizational skills made Disney select him to be the studio's third director after Burt Gillett and Wilfred Jackson. He made his directorial debut for the company with the Mickey Mouse short Building a Building, and went on to direct both Silly Symphonies and Mickey Mouse shorts, including The Flying Mouse, Who Killed Cock Robin?, Three Orphan Kittens and Thru the Mirror.


  • Film Producer
  • Film director
  • Animator

Also known as

  • David Dodd Hand
  • Dave Hand
  • David D. Hand


  • David Hale Hand
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