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Happy Birthday Ollie

Ollie JohnstonCartoon Brew points out that today is the 95th birthday of animation legend Ollie Johnston. Ollie is the last surviving member of Walt’s closest circle of animators, the Nine Old Men. He joined the Disney Studios in 1935, and went on to animate for most of the major features of the Golden Age and beyond. He was inducted as a Disney Legend in 1989.

I highly recommend that everyone check out the fantastic documentary about Johnston and lifelong friend and fellow animator Frank Thomas, Frank and Ollie. It’s a great look at the lives of two legends. Thomas and Johnston also wrote a seminal animation text, Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life.

Happy birthday, Ollie!

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