Friday, November 03, 2006

Ollie Johnston

I had the incredible opportunity to meet Ollie Johnston on Monday while celebrating his 94th Birthday. For those who don't know, Ollie Johnston is the last of Walt Disney's Nine Old Men and has worked on over two dozen movies including Snow White, the first animated feature film ever made. It's hard to imagine just a short 50 years ago Ollie and Frank were running around with Walt Disney, making the most treasured movies in history. If you want to know more about this animation pioneer, take a look at Frank snd Ollie the documentary.

I also caught John Lasseter in the picture (background). John is quite famous himself now having directed some new classics like Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, and recently Cars. He also runs both Pixar Animation Studio and Disney Feature Animation along with Ed Catmull. Maybe one day someone will write a blog about meeting an old man named Tom Wright and how he used to run around with the famous John Lasseter and make great movies. In a short 50 years, we will see. :P


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