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Brother Emsworth Tue May 14 00:07:59 2002
Bill Peet (1915-2002)

Bill Peet, long time Disney story man and storyboard artist, has passed away at the age of 87. Peet contributed to the story of the "Pastoral Symphony" segment of "Fantasia," "Dumbo," "The Three Caballeros," "Song of the South," "Cinderella," "Alice in Wonderland," "Peter Pan," and "Sleeping Beauty." Perhaps most importantly, he single handedly wrote and storyboarded the entire adaptation of "101 Dalmatains," as well as contributing to the character designs. He did much the same for "Sword and the Stone," but left after a dispute with Walt over "The Jungle Book." (He finally went uncredited on teh finished picture, but his boards contained the original idea for the "Bear Necssities" song sequence.) Peet then went on to write a number of successful children's books, including "Hubert's Hair-Raising Adventure," and "Chester the Wordly Pig." During his time at Disney, he also contributed to shorts, including "Ben and Me," "Susie the Little Blue Coupe," and "Lambert the Sheepish Lion," a childhood favorite of mine. I'll miss him.

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