Everybody has to start somewhere . . .
An affectionate look back at Disney’s “Bullpen.”
If you were a young animation artist having scored your first job at the Walt Disney studio in Burbank, CA, it was more than likely you would report to your new workspace in the original Animation Building. It would be a large office known as"The Bullpen."
The "Bullpen" was the first office you encountered when you entered any wing of the Animation Building. It would seat at least seven or eight animation artists, each with their own desk. It was the animation equivalent of the secretarial pool in the modern office environment. It was a training ground for the young artists as well as a resource for the animators needing their scenes in-betweened. Every young artist dreamed of moving out of the "Bullpen" and occupying a seat next to a real Disney animator. In time, they might well be the animator in that coveted window seat. The ultimate dream -- of course -- was to eventually have a private office. Only Milt Kahl, Frank Thomas and the other animation masters were accorded such special digs. […]
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