Gustaf Tenggren

2017 Hall of Fame Inductee: Gustaf Tenggren

Gustaf Tenggren started out as a poor, fatherless boy living on a farm in Sweden. He tagged along with his grandfather, a woodcarver and decorative painter who went door to door decorating the homes of people in their village. Thirty years later, Tenggren was halfway around the world in Hollywood, playing a crucial role in the birth of the animated film industry. Working for the fledgling Walt Disney Company, he used the lessons he’d learned at his grandfather’s knee to develop the concepts and the “look” for the very first animated feature films, such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio and Fantasia. A prodigious worker, Tenggren also illustrated for the top magazines and newspapers of his day. He developed his own series of popular illustrated books known as Tenggren Books. But he was most beloved for his Little Golden Books. The first book in this series, The Poky Little Puppy, was designated the top selling children’s book of all time.