|Born||Edward H. Love|
May 24, 1910
Tremont, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||May 8, 1996 (aged 85)|
Valencia, California, U.S.
Edward "Ed" Love (May 24, 1910 – May 8, 1996) was an American animator who worked at various studios during the golden age of animation. He is well known for animating Disneys' shorts: Mickey's Trailer and Fantasia. Love won the Golden Award at the 1984 Motion Pictures Screen Cartoonists Awards in 1984
Love was born on May 24, 1910 in Tremont, Pennsylvania. Love came to Los Angeles in 1930. The effects from The Great Depression caused Love to search for a job in 1931. He discovered an opening as a Disney cartoonist in the local newspaper. Love was interested, used a phone book to find an animator, and learned how to animate in the span of four months. Besides drawings as a child, his entire animation experience consisted of only those four months of learning. Love walked into Walt Disney's office, unscheduled, and showed him a stop motion animation sample of Mickey Mouse playing the violin. Walt Disney was satisfied and hired him to work at Disney as an animator that same day. Love was initially paid $18 a week and animated Goofy and Pluto more frequently than other characters. Disney gave their animators a lot of freedom by giving them the option if they want to add additional frames. Love worked with the effects manage but not with other animators. He participated in a strike with other animators and left Disney on November 14, 1941. At that time, Love was making $50 a week.
Shortly after Love left Disney, he was offered a job at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1941 and worked there with Tex Avery until 1946. At MGM, Love would animate as much as 5,600 out of the total 8,800 frames for a short film, which is about 4 out of 6 minutes of animation. Love was happy with MGM and did not feel guilty for leaving Disney. At MGM, Love and other animators were limited to only 480 frames a week. This limitation allowed MGM to provide openings for new animators. It also restricted the present animators from being paid more regardless whether or not they produce more frames. This created a fun, casual, and relaxing work environment for Love.[self-published source]
In 1947, Love worked at Walter Lantz Productions where he focused on animating Woody Woodpecker. In 1948, the state of Walter Lantz Productions was rapidly decreasing because Lantz did not have funds for the animations, causing Love to leave.
Love worked on television shows at Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1959.
Love died on May 8, 1996 in Valencia, California.