Huemer, 81, veteran animation story director and comic strip artist
for the Disney Studios, died Nov. 30 of heart failure at St. Joseph's
Hospital in Burbank.
Disney features on which Huemer worked as story director were
"Fantasia," "Dumbo," "Saludos Amigos,"
"Make Mine Music" and "Alice In Wonderland." He
also oversaw the shorts "Goofy and Wilbur" and "The Whalers."
A native of
New York, Huemer's first industry job was as an animator at the Raoul
Barre Cartoon Studio in 1916. In 1923 he became an animation director
at the Max Fleischer Studio, and seven years later assumed a similar
position at the Charles Mintz Studio.
Disney in 1933, he left to free-lance the comic strip "Buck
O'Rue" from 1948-51, but returned to work in story and
television. He also wrote the "True Life Adventure"
newspaper comic strip from 1955 until his retirement in 1973.
Last year he
received an "Annie" award from the animators' group ASIFA
for his career achievements.
He is survived
by his widow, Polly, three sons and six grandchildren.
No funeral services.
Variety 186(1):24, Dec. 6, 1979