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John Sibley
The Tenth Old Man
Pete Docter
[This essay was originally released in Animation Blast number 9 in 2006.] I grew up admiring Disney’s Nine Old Men, a title Walt Disney jokingly borrowed from Franklin Roosevelt’s disdainful description of the Supreme Court justices to refer to his top artists. To me and many other young animators, the Nine Old Men were the stuff of legends. I read everything about them I could find and watched all the television shows. In my mind, Walt had gone through his staff, like Santa, rating each artist until he arrived at a definitive list of his best animators. The reality, I learned, was a bit different. According to Eric Larson, one of the Nine, Walt was merely noting that these men comprised the in-house animation review board. Others claim Walt gave them the title knowing it would generate press for the Studio. Though these artists certainly deserved the recognition, the title had an unfortunate side effect: it relegated a number of very talented animators to obscurity. John Sibley is one of them. […]


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John Sibley (Interviewee)


Source type Book Series
Volume 13 Chapter: 14
Subject date 2006
Language en
Document type Feature
Media type text
Page count 12
Pages pp. 277-288


Id 545
Availability Purchasable
Inserted 2014-11-25