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Did You Know?: Floyd Norman was hired out of art school by Disney Animation in 1956 to help with the production of Sleeping Beauty. Norman paved the way for black artists by being the first African-American animator to work at Disney. Working at Disney Animation provided Norman with a major break, landing him a position on future projects such as One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, and The Jungle Book. Later in his career, Norman was recognized into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. His films and cartoons have greatly enhanced the childhoods of countless people.