Disney Voice Actress Norma Swank-Haviland passes away at 97

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Norma Swank-Haviland, a Disney animator and an uncredited voice actor for Chip of Chip ‘n’ Dale, passed away in early April of this year.

Beginning her first job at Disney in 1943, Norma Swank-Carrier-Haviland enjoyed a 28-year career within the Ink & Paint Department, working as a Painter and later as an Animation Final Checker.

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While at the studio, other opportunities came her way, and eventually she stated to do voice acting work. Her debut came in 1946’s Casey at the Bat. Swank-Haviland also helped out by doing voicework for the mice in Cinderella and singing on Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom.

Norma’s biggest voice-over role came in the form of a chipmunk duo. “They did ask me to do Chip in the ‘Chip ‘n Dale’ movies,” Norma recalled. The ancillary chipmunk characters made appearances in various shorts before they stepped out in their own featured shorts. Norma was called in to voice the black-nosed “Chip”. “That was my big part,” Norma declared! “I was happy to do that.”

When Swank-Haviland retired from Disney in 1971, she worked as a final checker. “In the final checking, which was much more demanding, I had quite a bit of training,” she told Johnson. “We had to know everything about ‘camera,’ and we had to go through each scene as if we were shooting in camera.”

Swank-Haviland leaves behind a legacy that has held up for nearly eight decades. 

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