I assure you, the man on the phone isn’t talking about his feelings.
Oh, Uncle Walt, where did we go wrong? There was a time where men (Yes, ladies, MEN) put on a pressed shirt, slacks and hat to sit down to animate all day. Those days have sadly passed, and now we have John Lassiter be-boping around in a Hawaiian shirt like he’s at a bloomin’ Luau. At least Hawaiian shirts have collars, many animators wear superhero t-shirts to work. T-Shirts. I am glad Walt didn’t live to see that.
As a self-proclaimed nostalgic, I find old pictures of animators in the halcyon days of Hollywood endlessly fascinating. These manly men doing manly art all come from my out-of-print masterpiece (thank YOU Goodwill) The Art Of Animation. Sure, the book is more or less just a promotional piece patting their own backs for the just-released Sleeping Beauty, but it gives a rare insight into the Disney studio as it stood in 1958. I hope you enjoy the pics, because it’s a pain to scan old books.
See the guy who’s singing? That’s Pinto Colvig, Goofy’s voice!
Frank & Ollie seem to be working on an already finished cel.
The legendary ‘Nine Old Men‘ in the sweatbox from left: Ward Kimball, Frank Thomas, John Lounsbery; 2nd row Eric Larson, Marc Davis, Milt Kahl, Woolie Reitherman,
top row; Ollie Johnston and Les Clark.
Cartoonist used to smoke while drawing. This guy couldn’t be bothered to hide his cigarette for a promotional pic.
A tastefully covered model.
Ward Kimball is my favorite. I cried when he passed.
Sorry, sweetheart. Animation is a man’s job. You can ink and color, though.
The future of animation? It doesn’t look good, Walt. Doesn’t look good.