Longtime Disney Editor Norman Palmer Dies

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Norman Palmer, a former Disney editor and influential figure in nature-themed documentary filmmaking, died on Saturday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Palmer died from natural causes at his home in Northridge, Calif., at the age of 94.

Palmer began his 45-year career at Disney in 1938. And just six months after he started working at Disney, he assisted on such animated classics as Pinocchio and Fantasia.

Since then, in his years at the iconic film studio, he was known for editing Disney’s acclaimed documentary series, True Life Adventure, of which at least two of the documentaries won Oscars (Water Birds and Grand Canyon).

By the time Palmer had retired in 1983, his career as an editor included credits in documentaries, animated films, live-action films and TV shows. Palmer had at least 24 credits in Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color alone.

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