Disney Artist, Sue Nichols Maciorowski, Dies at Age 55

Credit: Forastiere / Disney Animation

We have learned this morning that Disney artist, Sue Nichols Maciorowski, passed away on September 1 at the age of 55 due to cancer.


Disney Animation took to Twitter last night (Sept. 2) to share: “We’re deeply saddened by the passing of Sue Nichols Maciorowski, an influential visual development and story artist who helped define the design and narratives of the films of the Disney Renaissance and beyond.”

Disney Animation continued with more Tweets sharing: “On Beauty and the Beast, she contributed to both visual development and story and created early visual development artwork for Aladdin. From there, she provided character design and visual development on The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, and Lilo & Stitch.”


“On Hercules, she created a style guide that defined Greek design, and supervised the look of the film across layout, animation, effects, color styling and more. The title “Production Stylist” was created for her, as no one had done a similar role before at Disney Animation.”

“For The Princess and the Frog, she suggested Harlem Renaissance artists such as Aaron Douglas as inspiration for Tiana’s song “Almost There,” helping storyboard and design the stylized sequence. Most recently, she created early character designs of Maui for Moana.”

From Animator and Director Eric Goldberg: “She will be sadly missed by those of us who had the good fortune to work with her, but her influence on those films will be there forever.”

To learn more about Sue, you can click here to read a tribute as shared on Forastiere Family Funeral & Cremation.

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