Bill Peet

Bill Peet

Gender: Male
Known for: Writing
Birthday: 1915-01-29
Deathday: 2002-05-11 (87 years old)

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William Bartlett Peet (né Peed; January 29, 1915 – May 11, 2002) was an American children's book illustrator and a story writer and animator for Walt Disney Animation Studios.Peet joined Disney in 1937 and worked first on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) near the end of its production. Progressively, his involvement in the Disney studio's animated feature films and shorts increased, and he remained there until early in the development of The Jungle Book (1967). A row with Walt Disney over the direction of the project led to a permanent personal break.Peet's subsequent career was as a writer and illustrator of numerous children's books, including Capyboppy (1966), The Wump World (1970), The Whingdingdilly (1970), The Ant and the Elephant (1972), and Cyrus the Unsinkable Serpent (1975).

Early Life

Bill Peet was born in Grandview, Indiana, on January 29, 1915. He developed a love of drawing at an early age and filled tablets with sketches.According to his autobiography, Peet's happiest childhood times were the years following World War I - years during which his father abandoned the family. During that period Peet lived with his mother and brothers on the outskirts of Indianapolis, in a household run by his maternal grandmother.Animals were always a love of Peet's. He and his friends traipsed through the woods looking for frogs, tadpoles, and minnows. Most of his adventures as a boy to catch animals were in the hope that he could capture them and sketch them. These years laid the groundwork for two primary themes repeated in his books: unkindness in the animal kingdom and the grim costs of human progress. "It has always been difficult for me to accept nature's cruel ways of keeping a balance among the animals - all the savagery and suffering," he wrote about the frogs and snakes he chased in his local creek. "Yet nature's merciless ways were never more cruel than the slow, silent death caused by the poisonous waste spilling from pipes down into the creek... where dead fish floated belly up and a nauseating stench filled the air."Often, instead of doing lessons, Peet drew in the margins of his textbooks, which were very popular for their added illustrations when he sold them back.The young Peet also snuck into greeting parties at the train station, just for the chance to see the train's mechanical workings close-up. As a teen, he tried to sketch the circus big top, but he was always in the way of the set-up crew. He memorized the scene and later reconstructed it from memory.After ten years of absence, Peet's father returned to the household and, according to Peet, brought with him conflict and strife - demanding that Peet's mother provide money to underwrite a string of failed ventures as a traveling salesman. This chapter culminated in the death of Peet's grandmother, which Peet implied was in part caused by the stress and misery his father caused. The home where the family lived was sold, and Peet's blissful young years ended.It was about this time Peet entered into Arsenal Technical High School. At first, he had little interest in pursuing a career as an artist. However, after failing all his classes but physical education, he followed the advice of a friend and took some art classes. Peet did extremely well and experimented with a broad range of media. He eventually received a scholarship to the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis, which he attended for three years. In the first class, Bill found himself very interested in a girl who sat in the front row. That girl, Margaret Brunst, became his wife in 1937.Peet took quite a few painting classes that first year, and he admitted his paintings were always somewhat macabre. "I seemed to be attracted to the gloomy side of things, or the sordid," he wrote. "No vases of flowers or water lilies for me." His favorite subjects were grizzled old men, “perfected with age, like a gnarled oak tree.” Another favorite subject was the circus—but always the assembly of the tent cities, never the show itself.

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Known for
Writing

Gender
Male

Birthday
1915-01-29

Deathday
2002-05-11 (87 years old)

Birth name
William Bartlett Peed

Place of birth
Grandview, United States of America

Citizenships
United States of America

Also known as
William Bartlett Peed, Bill Peet, William Bartlett, William Peed

Awards
Disney Legends

Walt Disney
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Walt Disney worked together with Bill Peet in:
23 Movies
Clyde Geronimi
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Clyde Geronimi worked together with Bill Peet in:
16 Movies
Pinto Colvig
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Pinto Colvig worked together with Bill Peet in:
13 Movies
Jack Kinney
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Jack Kinney worked together with Bill Peet in:
12 Movies
Ted Sears
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Ted Sears worked together with Bill Peet in:
11 Movies
Oliver Wallace
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Oliver Wallace worked together with Bill Peet in:
11 Movies
Eric Larson
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Eric Larson worked together with Bill Peet in:
11 Movies
Sterling Holloway
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Sterling Holloway worked together with Bill Peet in:
11 Movies
Milt Banta
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Milt Banta worked together with Bill Peet in:
10 Movies
John Lounsbery
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John Lounsbery worked together with Bill Peet in:
10 Movies
Hamilton Luske
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Hamilton Luske worked together with Bill Peet in:
10 Movies
Winston Hibler
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Winston Hibler worked together with Bill Peet in:
9 Movies
Wolfgang Reitherman
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Wolfgang Reitherman worked together with Bill Peet in:
9 Movies
Wilfred Jackson
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Wilfred Jackson worked together with Bill Peet in:
9 Movies
Joe Rinaldi
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Joe Rinaldi worked together with Bill Peet in:
8 Movies
Milt Kahl
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Milt Kahl worked together with Bill Peet in:
8 Movies
Ollie Johnston
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Ollie Johnston worked together with Bill Peet in:
8 Movies
James MacDonald
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James MacDonald worked together with Bill Peet in:
8 Movies
Paul J. Smith
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Paul J. Smith worked together with Bill Peet in:
7 Movies
Les Clark
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Les Clark worked together with Bill Peet in:
7 Movies
Donald Halliday
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Donald Halliday worked together with Bill Peet in:
7 Movies
Marc Davis
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Marc Davis worked together with Bill Peet in:
7 Movies
William Cottrell
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William Cottrell worked together with Bill Peet in:
7 Movies
Jack Hannah
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Jack Hannah worked together with Bill Peet in:
7 Movies
Ralph Wright
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Ralph Wright worked together with Bill Peet in:
7 Movies
Clarence Nash
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Clarence Nash worked together with Bill Peet in:
7 Movies
Frank Thomas
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Frank Thomas worked together with Bill Peet in:
7 Movies
Claude Coats
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Claude Coats worked together with Bill Peet in:
6 Movies
Robert O. Cook
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Robert O. Cook worked together with Bill Peet in:
6 Movies
Erdman Penner
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Erdman Penner worked together with Bill Peet in:
6 Movies
Dan MacManus
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Dan MacManus worked together with Bill Peet in:
5 Movies
Ray Huffine
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Ray Huffine worked together with Bill Peet in:
5 Movies
Mary Blair
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Mary Blair worked together with Bill Peet in:
5 Movies
George Bruns
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George Bruns worked together with Bill Peet in:
5 Movies
Ward Kimball
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Ward Kimball worked together with Bill Peet in:
5 Movies
John Sibley
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John Sibley worked together with Bill Peet in:
4 Movies
Homer Brightman
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Homer Brightman worked together with Bill Peet in:
4 Movies
Charles Perrault
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Charles Perrault worked together with Bill Peet in:
4 Movies
Lance Nolley
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Lance Nolley worked together with Bill Peet in:
4 Movies
Ken Anderson
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Ken Anderson worked together with Bill Peet in:
4 Movies
Dick Huemer
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Dick Huemer worked together with Bill Peet in:
4 Movies
Ub Iwerks
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Ub Iwerks worked together with Bill Peet in:
4 Movies
Norman Ferguson
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Norman Ferguson worked together with Bill Peet in:
4 Movies
Billy Bletcher
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Billy Bletcher worked together with Bill Peet in:
4 Movies
David Hand
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David Hand worked together with Bill Peet in:
4 Movies
Bill Thompson
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Bill Thompson worked together with Bill Peet in:
4 Movies
Stan Freberg
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Stan Freberg worked together with Bill Peet in:
4 Movies
Thurl Ravenscroft
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Thurl Ravenscroft worked together with Bill Peet in:
4 Movies
June Foray
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June Foray worked together with Bill Peet in:
4 Movies
Verna Felton
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Verna Felton worked together with Bill Peet in:
4 Movies
Harold J. Steck
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Harold J. Steck worked together with Bill Peet in:
3 Movies
C.O. Slyfield
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C.O. Slyfield worked together with Bill Peet in:
3 Movies
Joseph Dubin
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Joseph Dubin worked together with Bill Peet in:
3 Movies
Thelma Witmer
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Thelma Witmer worked together with Bill Peet in:
3 Movies
Brice Mack
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Brice Mack worked together with Bill Peet in:
3 Movies
McLaren Stewart
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McLaren Stewart worked together with Bill Peet in:
3 Movies
Ken Peterson
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Ken Peterson worked together with Bill Peet in:
3 Movies
Del Connell
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Del Connell worked together with Bill Peet in:
3 Movies
Al Bertino
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Al Bertino worked together with Bill Peet in:
3 Movies
Don DaGradi
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Don DaGradi worked together with Bill Peet in:
3 Movies
Burt Gillett
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Burt Gillett worked together with Bill Peet in:
3 Movies
Joe Grant
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Joe Grant worked together with Bill Peet in:
3 Movies
Florence Gill
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Florence Gill worked together with Bill Peet in:
3 Movies
Mel Blanc
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Mel Blanc worked together with Bill Peet in:
3 Movies
William Roberts
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William Roberts worked together with Bill Peet in:
3 Movies
Ben Sharpsteen
Bill Peet
Ben Sharpsteen worked together with Bill Peet in:
3 Movies
Barbara Jo Allen
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Barbara Jo Allen worked together with Bill Peet in:
3 Movies
Kevin Corcoran
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Kevin Corcoran worked together with Bill Peet in:
3 Movies
J. Pat O'Malley
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J. Pat O'Malley worked together with Bill Peet in:
3 Movies
Don Barclay
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Don Barclay worked together with Bill Peet in:
3 Movies
Paul Frees
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Paul Frees worked together with Bill Peet in:
3 Movies
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