Obituary: Ollie Johnston, The last of the “Nine Old Men”

Sad news today. Ollie Johnston, the last of Walt Disney’s “Nine Old Men” has died at the age of 95.

He, along with eight other legendary sage animators, are credited with much of the work that brought Snow White, Bambi (he drew Thumper), Fox and the Hound and the other Disney Classics into our lives and into our hearts.

Current animation best practices are largely credited to these men with Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas leading the way. If you know or are studying the 12 principles of animation, you know Ollie’s work.

Johnston’s death marks the closing of one of the best chapters in animation history. But it will certainly not be the last. John Lassiter (Pixar) and Brad Bird (The Incredibles and Iron Giant) have become the modern torch bearer’s for the craft. Ollie Johnston even makes a “cameo” in Iron Giant with Frank Thomas. If you want to see a fantastic piece of animation art in the true spirit of Johnston and Thomas, be sure to check out Iron Giant.

Also, if you want to learn animation from this man himself, its not too late to get a masterpiece of his book here: “The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation”.


~ by learn3dsmax on April 15, 2008.

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