Robert Shiroruro Kuwahara was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1901. Kuwahara arrived in Los Angeles in 1910 and studied at Otis Art Institute. He then moved to New York and turned to commercial art. He produced illustrations for the New York Times until 1932 when he returned to Los Angeles to work for Disney Studios. He painted backgrounds for Bambi, Snow White, and Fantasia. From 1937 to 1941 he produced animation projects for MGM. During WWII he was interned in an internment camp. Upon release, he moved back to New York City and created a comic strip called "Miki" and in 1950 he joined Terrytoons as creator-director of the animated cartoon titled "Hashimoto-san."
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