Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Ollie Johnston 1912-2008

I'm speechless, and incredibly sad. The 9 old men are now gone, truly an end of an era. Ollie Johnston was a great man, an inspiration to me personally. This was sent via Cartoon Brew from Roy Disney....

“Ollie was part of an amazing generation of artists, one of the real pioneers of our art, one of the major participants in the blossoming of animation into the art form we know today. One of Ollie’s strongest beliefs was that his characters should think first, then act…and they all did. He brought warmth and wit and sly humor and a wonderful gentleness to every character he animated. He brought all those same qualities to his life, and to all of our lives who knew him. We will miss him greatly, but we were all enormously enriched by him.”