Thursday, April 17, 2008

Ollie Johnston

When someone works on Disneys animated films for 43 years they'd probably be pretty amazing. Well that was Ollie Johnston. One of Disneys nine old men and well i guess the last as he died recently.

Ollie Johnston worked on the Jungle book, peter pan, snow white, Pinocchio. well he worked on everything. in fact he was a genius in every sense of the word.
i think alot of time we like to pretend Disneys feature work isn't as good as it is. Maybe because of the image of the disney company today or as they were mainly for kids. Look past that and you'll see a great list of films that you enjoy. espically the ones the nine old men worked on and even if only a couple did they were still coo.

I've read alot of tributes. The best being Brad Birds who was mentored by two of the other old men Milt Kahl and Eric Larson. But later met Ollie when becoming an animator. He even was the one who got his desk at disney after 43 years. crazy right and honored him with a cameo in both the iron giant and the incredbiles. his tribute is here

Also he loved trains and infact got walt into so much he put trains in all his parks. pretty crazy right. however i don't think you get royalties for something like that but he loved trains. Had model trains and everything.
Anyway i have read alot of tributes and there mostly words. i think the man was worth more then a long blog entry from me. Lets just look at some art he did.


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