Saturday, February 19, 2011

Ollie Johnston 1912-2008

While this blog is about background art, on rare occasion I'll break from the established theme and format.

Today is one of those days, honoring the life and art of Ollie Johnston.

One of Disney's original "nine old men," this gentle man's herculean talent created some of animation's greatest characters and performances, as well as deeply impacting pop culture.

I had the pleasure of meeting Ollie at the El Capitan during one of our special events. He spoke onstage about creating emotion in animation. He was a kind, sweet man. He was gracious eenough to pose with me by the stage door. Meeting him remains one of the highlights of my life.

His art will be cherished forever.

Rest in Peace, Ollie.