Grim Natwick

Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School graduate Myron H. “Grim” Natwick (1890-1990) is best known for animating the motion picture character “Betty Boop”.  He also helped create “Snow White”, “Gulliver’s Travels”, “Woody Woodpecker”, and “Mr. Magoo”.

In 1910 Grim left his home here for the Chicago Art Institute, then on to New York to design sheet music covers, alternating with further study in Vienna and other European locations.  In regular contact with his home town, Grim illustrated the local Consolidated Water Power and Paper Co. “News” during the 1920’s.

He also had an interest in fine art.  Even his commercial work showed uncommon liveliness and wit.  How did he get his nickname?  Natwick told Museum director (Uncle) Dave Engel in 1984 that he had been dubbed “Grim” by a boyhood chum in a nonsense play on words.

Grim Natwick was a major force in the history and development of the cartoon industry.

In 2010 Grim Natwick was recognized with installation of a State Historical Marker, on the grounds of the South Wood County Museum.

2 Responses to Grim Natwick

  1. Dave Woodruff says:

    Myron Natwick’s cousin, Joseph Natwick, was my grandfather’s best friend. My grandfather was David E. Woodruff (1875 – 1948). I’m sure you have information on Joseph. He was a wealthy businessman- moved from central Wisconsin to Baltimore Maryland. My great uncle, John Maxwell, moved to Baltimore to work for Mr. Natwick. Joe Natwick’s daughter was the famous actress Mildred Natwick. My father had met Mildred on several occaisons.

  2. swchcmus says:

    Dave, a lot of times all we have for information on families is what the family itself shares with us ~ I would love to see what you have. If you have any photos, that would be even better. Please feel free to contact me.

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