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The Taming Of The Mouse

“Wouldn’t you rather have your child watching cartoons than… than reading Elinor Glyn?” “What Elinor Glyn reads is her mother’s business!”

One thing that many Disney fans have long groused about, and something that I’ve talked about here, is the process by which Mickey Mouse has been transformed over the years from a funny and [...]

No School Like The Old School

Frank Thomas, left, and Ollie Johnston in 2004’s The Incredibles

As I predicted, many heavy-hitters of the animation community have begun to share their thoughts and remembrances of Disney animator Ollie Johnston. One thing that is obvious from reading all these posts is that Johnston was universally loved and respected; it’s rare in any industry [...]

Ollie Johnston, 1912-2008

Ollie, seated, with frequent collaborator Frank Thomas

Jenny at the Blackwing Diaries has posted the very sad news that Ollie Johnston, Disney animator and the last of Walt’s Nine Old Men, passed away today at the age of 95. I’m sure that many tributes will begin to appear very soon, so any attempt for me [...]

Happy Birthday Ollie

Cartoon 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. [...]