Home > News & Advice > News Obituaries > Ann Sullivan (1929–2020), Disney animator who worked on “The Little Mermaid”

Ann Sullivan (1929–2020), Disney animator who worked on “The Little Mermaid”

by Linnea Crowther

Ann Sullivan was an animator for Disney and Hanna Barbera, working on films including “The Little Mermaid,” “The Lion King,” and “The Emperor’s New Groove.”

Career in animation

Sullivan began working in the animation paint lab at Disney Studios in the 1950s, though she took time off to raise her children. She returned to animation in the 1970s, first working for Hanna Barbera and then returning to Disney, where she had a hand in some of the studio’s modern classics. Sullivan worked in the paint lab for films including “The Little Mermaid” and “Oliver and Company,” and she painted cels for “The Lion King,” “Pocahontas,” “Hercules,” “Tarzan,” “The Emperor’s New Groove,” “Lilo & Stitch,” and others.

What people said about her

Full obituary: Deadline

Advertisement

More Stories

Advertisement