Nordli, Ernie

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Nordli, Ernie Gender: M
Ernest Nordli
born on 15 June 1912 at 18:00 (= 6:00 PM )
Place Salt Lake City, Utah, 40n46, 111w53
Timezone MST h7w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Treindl
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 24°30' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 05°23 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 00°37'

Portrait of Ernie Nordli 
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Ernie Nordli
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American animation designer and layout artist, most notably for Disney. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Norwegian immigrant Hans Magnus Nordli (1884-1975) and Hedvig Charlotte Esterblom (1888-1976) of Swedish parentage.

Nordli, nicknamed "Ernie", was a talented artist whose work had an appealing modern sensibility. He started at Disney in 1936 and served as an art director/layout artist on Dumbo and Fantasia, and worked on many of the studio's shorts through the mid-1940s, including such Donald Duck shorts as The Plastics Inventor and Donald's Double Trouble. He left Disney and in the 1950s became the layout artist for Chuck Jones, in the absence of Maurice Noble. He was the layout man on eight Jones shorts, including some memorable films like Broom-Stick Bunny and Rocket-Bye Baby (both 1956).

After his short stint with Jones, Nordli returned to Disney where he worked on Sleeping Beauty and One Hundred and One Dalmatians, on which he was a layout stylist. He played an important role in designing the background drawing style on Dalmatians.

Nordli continued working until his death. His later credits include The Alvin Show, Gay Purr-ee (1962), Hey There, It's Yogi Bear! (1964), The Man from Button Willow (1965) and the show Johnny Cypher in Dimension Zero. Nordli also designed many comic book covers for Dell in the early-1950s.

He died in April 1968 in San Francisco, California, aged 55, according to Walt Peregoy by suicide.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

BC in hand from Utah archive


  • Vocation : Art : Cartoonist (animation designer for Disney)