*Tom Palmer*

*Birth/Death*:

*Occupation/Title*: Animator, Writer, Director

*Bio Summary*:

Anthony "Tony" Pipolo, known professionally as Tom Palmer was an Italian American animator working in the 1930s. His first animation was at the Winkler Studio in 1928 which made Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons. Then in 1929 Palmer moved over to Universal Pictures cartoon studio which at the time was ran by Walter Lantz; who also Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons. During the early 1930s, he was working at Walt Disney Productions. Then Leon Schlesinger Productions animation studio which made cartoons for Warner Bros ran by Leon Schlesinger hired him to work as an animation director. Schlesinger rejected his cartoons and then he was fired being replaced by Friz Freleng the studio's head director. After that Palmer then worked at the Van Beuren Studio until it folded in 1936. He briefly returned to Disney where he worked on the cartoon The Old Mill. His final credited work as an animator was the feature film Gulliver's Travels done by Fleischer Studios.

*Early Life/Family*: Kansas City Animator

*Education/Training*:

*Career Outline*:

Winkler Studio, Universal Pictures Cartoon Studio, Walt Disney Productions Warner Bros., Van Beuren Studio, Fleischer Studios and then back to Walt Disney Productions

*Comments on Style*:

*Influences*:

*Personality*:

*Anecdotes*: His failure at Warner Bros. in 1936 made room for Tex Avery. He then went to Van Beuren.

*Miscellaneous*:

- Change his name to Tom Palmer in order to get a job without discrimination seeing as though he was a "foreigner" and needed a more "American name". (Michelle Rubano)

- One of his brothers, Frank Pipolo, was a decorated New York City police officer.

- In 1935 was replaced by Tex Avery warners didn’t like his cartoons (Larry Loc)

*Filmography*:

*Animation Department *
1939 Gulliver's Travels (animation director)
1938 Mickey's Trailer (short) (animator)
1937 The Old Mill (short) (animator - unaccredited)
1936 Neptune Nonsense (short) (animator)
1932 Bugs in Love (short) (animator)
1932 Flowers and Trees (short) (animator - unaccredited)
1930 Pioneer Days (short) (animator - unaccredited)
1930 Midnight in a Toy Shop (short) (animator)
1930 Frolicking Fish (short) (animator - unaccredited)
1930 Broadway Folly (short) (animator)
1930 Chilly Con Carmen (short) (animator)
1930 Kounty Fair (short) (animator)
1929 Ozzie of the Circus (short) (animator)
1929 Nutty Notes (short) (animator)
1929 Snow Use (short) (animator)
1929/II Hurdy Gurdy (short) (animator)
1929 Amature Nite (short) (animator)
1929 Pussy Willie (short) (animator)
1929 Cold Turkey (short) (animator)
1929 Permanent Wave (short) (animator)
1929 Oil's Well (short) (animator)
1929 Race Riot (short) (animator)

*Director *
1936 Cupid Gets his Man (short)
1936 Trolley Ahoy (short)
1936 A Waif's Welcome (short)
1936 Molly Moo Cow and Robinson Crusoe (short)
1936 The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg (short)
1936 Toonerville Trolley (short)
1935 Molly Moo-Cow and Rip Van Wrinkle (short)
1935 Molly Moo-Cow and the Butterflies (short)
1935 Molly Moo-Cow and the Indians (short)
1935 Bird Scouts (short)
1935 Parrotville Post Office (short)
1935 The Picnic Panic (short)
1935 Spinning Mice (short)
1935 Parrotville Old Folks (short)
1933 I've Got to Sing a Torch Song (short)
(unaccredited)
1933 Buddy's Day Out (short)
1929 Alpine Antics (short)
1929 Yanky Clippers (short)
1928 A Horse Tale (short)
1928 Bull-Oney (short)

*Writer *
1930 Broadway Folly (short) (story - unaccredited)
1930 Kisses and Kurses (short) (story)
1930 Chilly Con Carmen (short) (story)
1930 Kounty Fair (short) (story)
1929 Ozzie of the Circus (short) (story)
1929 Nutty Notes (short) (story)
1929 Snow Use (short) (story)
1929/II Hurdy Gurdy (short) (story)
1929 Amature Nite (short) (story)
1929 Pussy Willie (short) (story)
1929 Cold Turkey (short) (story)
1929 Permanent Wave (short) (story)
1929 Oil's Well (short) (story)
1929 Race Riot (short) (story)

*Miscellaneous Crew*
1933 I've Got to Sing a Torch Song (short) (supervisor)

*Honors*:

*Related Links*: *Bibliographic References*:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0658476/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Palmer_(animator)

*Contributors to This Listing*:
Rachelle Alfonzo, Larry Loc, Michelle Rubano, IMDB, Wikipedia

*Research Path*:
IMDB— here I also searched for more information about him, then I was guided to IMDB Pro, which then proceeded to ask for my credit card information in order to find out more “information” about Tom Palmer but it didn’t seem right.

Class Notes—there was a short amount of information mentioned about him

Wikipedia— and its “Discussions” area I was able to find out some information about him from something his Great Grand Niece, Michelle Rubano wrote, then I proceeded to find more information about him through trying to find her but no luck.

Animators Hall of Fame