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3 Men 3 Hobbies
Grim Natwick

Animation is a very flexible art. Itcan be done with bottle caps, modelling clay, puppets, toys, a box of sand, sausages, oysters, almost anything. Perhaps the most critically difficult animation was accomplished by the animators of Pinocchio, Snow White, Dumbo, Fantasia and similar pictures in the Disney Portfolio during the ‘Golden Years' of animation. These artists were giants in the animation world.

In the fifty years since animation became an active part of cinema entertainment there have been no more than twelve or fifteen really great animators. Most of them have now retired but their work is as much loved today as it was ten, twenty or thirty years ago.

These were not supermen. If you put on a pair of dark glasses and look at them through the wrong end of a dusty telescope they look very much like the rest of us. They eat pizzas and hot dogs and asparagus with cheddar cheese dressing. They have headaches and hobbies like you and me and the little kid next door who collects apple stems. But they were super animators. Let's turn the telescope around and look at three of these super animators.

Milt Kahl, Marc Davis and Ollie Johnston are three who spent all of their animation years at the Walt Disney studio. They were members of the group joshingly dubbed, by Walt Disney in one of his lighter moments, ‘The Nine Old Men'. They all joined the Disney art staff near the inception of Snow White, Walt''s first feature length picture. They remained until ‘The Rescuers', the last of the big feature length cartoons released by the studio.



Source type Magazine
Volume 43
Language en
Document type Feature
Media type text
Page count 6
Pages pp. 26-31


Id 5782
Availability Lendable
Inserted 2021-02-02