G. Warren Schloat Jr.; Animator, Children’s Author
G. Warren Schloat Jr., 86, animator and children’s book author. Schloat traveled widely in Africa, Europe and Asia to gather material for the 21 children’s books he wrote and illustrated, most of which were published in the 1950s and 1960s by Scribner’s and Alfred A. Knopf. His books included “Playtime for You,” “Andy’s Wonderful Telescope,” “The Wonderful Egg,” “The Haunted Forest,” “Johnnyshah, A Boy of Iran” and “Fay Gow, A Boy of Hong Kong.” A graduate of Santa Monica City College and Otis Art Institute, he worked for Walt Disney Productions from 1939 to 1945 as an animator and story director who contributed to such classics as “Snow White” and “Dumbo.” He later worked as a writer and director of commercials in television’s early days. In the 1960s he founded his own educational publishing company in New York, Warren Schloat Productions Inc., which was sold to Prentice Hall in 1970. In retirement he helped his sons start two educational publishing firms, Sunburst Communications and Human Relations Media Inc. He lived in Rancho Bernardo, Calif., and died July 30 at a hospital in Escondido.