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Highlights of Joshua Meador's film credits, as listed on

As Director of Animation Effects, Josh was part of many studio projects in films, TV and Disneyland. Joshua's son Philip Meador described his dad's job as this, "Josh put the fairy dust in Tinkerbell and the "Z" in Zorro." Josh never took credit for any one thing he accomplished, and he would be the first to say emphatically that making animation films is a collaborative process.

Walt loaned Josh's services twice in 1956, to MGM for their 1956 sci-fi thriller, Forbidden Planet and to Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments. DeMille needed assistance for the "Pillar of fire" scene, holding back Pharaoh's charging chariots.

Below are clips showing some of Meador's film contributions. Over Josh's career, he worked on ten films which are now included in the National Film Registry, The Old Mill, Bambi, Dumbo, Snow White, Pinocchio, Cinderella, Fantasia, Mary Poppins, MGM's Forbidden Planet and Paramount's The Ten Commandements.

1937 The Old Mill

In 1937, Josh was a just new hire at Disney, 26 years old.
His specialty was water effects, animating splashes and waves.

1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White, Josh created a water effects scene
looking up at Snow White from the bottom of a well

1939 Fantasia

By 1939, Josh was Disney Studio's Director of Animation Effects
and created the effects for the Rite of Spring Segment.

1940 Pinocchio

Pinocchio was filled with Meador's animation effects,
water ripples and flows, flickering flames,
raindrop splashes, lightening flashes and ominous shadows.

1941 Dumbo

During a visit to Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery in 2007,
Josh's wife Libby Meador recalled her favorite of
Josh's films, Dumbo, especially the "Elephants on Parade" scene.

1942 Bambi

Bambi has only animal characters. Meador along with other
Disney animators visitied the Los Angeles Zoo to sketch animal movements. For the ice scene with Bambi and Thumper, they
sketched aan Ice Capades star with actress Jane Randolf.

1942 Saludos Amigos

Another of Meador's dazzling animation specialties
was his fanciful transitions from one scene seamlessly into another.
Its easier to observe it than it is to explain it.

1943 Victory Through Air Power

During WWII, all studios were recruited to help in the war effort.
Disney Studios did its part. Josh is in large part responsible
for the wind and rain effects in this clip.
1944 The Three Caballeros

In this scene, Josh puts his premier animation effects to use,
water effects, seamlessly, transitioning from scene into another,
kaleidoscope and the mixing of live action characters with animation.

1946 Make Mine Music

During the WWII, Disney studios made films but didn't
release them. After the War, they compiled some of these "shorts"
and released them under the title, Make Mine Music. Josh was the
director of this film. It was entered at the 1946 Cannes Film Festival.
1950 Cinderella

In this scene marvelous , Cinderella sings as she scrubs the floor.
Her image is reflected in bubbles as they rise.
The images in the bubbles sing harmony for Cinterella.
a piece of filmmakig genius to animate and dub with the soundtrack.

1951 Alice In Wonderland

This is the trailer of 1951's Allice in Wonderland showcases
the talents of Disney Studios Art Director Mary Blair and shows off the studio's skill at animating characters based on real live human performances, in this case "The Tea Party" with actors Ed Wynn
and Jerry Colonna. Josh did some water effects and
his most notable contribution was the Bread and Butterflies.

1953 Peter Pan

Peter Pan brought one of the key animation effects Josh became known for. Beyond this film, Tinkerbell and her pixiedust became a staple for the opening sequence of Walt Disney's Wide World of Color.

1954 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
(Oscar, Animation Effects)

Joshua Meador was part of a special effects team for
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
who designed and created a special sound stage, including a removable floor and a water effects tan
k to film underwater scenes and rain and wind effects.
J osh was an integral part of designing how this segment was filmed.

In 1955, Josh was coming up on his 20th anniversary with Disney Studios. He loved his job, but he wanted to spend his energies establlishing his fine art painting career.

Walt was fearful of losing Josh's innovative talent, and he did not want other studios to sign Josh and have to compete against his talent. He called Josh into his office and offered him an unheard of opportunity to paint full time, but, when the Studio needed his services, Josh would remain on-call.

For this, Josh was paid his full salary, giving him the financial security pursue his painting, yet from time to time, to continue his fantastic career in effects animation.

1956 The Ten Commandments
(Paramount) uncredited ... (Pillar of fire)

Walt loaned Joshua Meador's services to Cecelle B. DeMille
who wanted assistance in animating the "Pillar of fire."

1956 Forbidden Planet (MGM)
The "The Monster from the Id"

Although quaint by modern standards, Josh received widespread acclamation for his achievements in animating
this Sci-fi blockbuster of 1956.

1959 Sleeping Beauty

In the Disney short 4 Artists paint 1 Tree, Joshua Meador explains how
he added the fairy dust for the three fairies in Sleeping Beauty. This short film also details the contributions made by three of Josh's colleagues at Disney, Marc Davis, Eyvind Earle and Walt Peregoy.

1959 Donald in Mathmagic Land

Walt Disney was a great teacher, using his Wide World of Color introductions and narration to teach, encourage and inspire young people. Joshua Meador was a sequence director for Donald in Mathmagic Land. Josh's sequence dealt with the the mathematical properties of a pentagon, citing examples in proportion and how they exist in nature.

1959 Darby O’Gill and the Little People

Josh brought some moviola magic to this film, mixing within the same scene, the live action figures with scenes of the much smaller
leprechauns. The director of this film, Robert Stevenson
went on to direct the Disney blockbuster Mary Poppins.
Remembering Josh's contributions to Darby O'Gill, he asked Walt to callJosh in to assist with the animation of the penguins in Mary Poppins.

1961 The Absent Minded Professor

The Absent Minded Professor continued mixing live action with prerecorded live action stunts. In the technology of 1961, it added
up to a lot of never seen before visual fun. For Josh Meador,
it was the beginning of a great personal friendship with Fred MacMurray, who also became a collector of Joshua Meador oil paintings.

1961 Babes in Toyland
Babes in Toyland did not have animation, but employed “intricate mechanisms” and stop-motion photography to capture the
movement of the toys. Four soundstages were required, including the vast one necessary for “Forest of No Return.”

1964 Mary Poppins

According to Joshua Meador's friend Joe Cosgrove, "The animation was already in the can. Josh was called in to be present during the live action filming to make certain Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews hit their marks exactly. Then, Josh took the footage of the shoot and mixed it with the animation on his moviola, frame by frame, penquin by penquin."