Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Walt Disney's Nine Old Men Flipbooks


Pixar director Pete Docter has put together a nice tribute to some of the legendary Disney animators known as the Nine Old Men. They are Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Ward Kimball, Eric Larson, Milt Kahl, John Lounsbery, Wolfgang "Woolie" Reitherman, Les Clark and Marc Davis.

This is list priced at $60 but can be pre-ordered on Amazon for $36.70. Here is what the listing has to say:

This box set of nine flip books pays tribute to Walt Disney's original animators - the Nine Old Men: Les Clark, Eric Larson, Frank Thomas, John Lounsbery, Ward Kimball, Ollie Johnston, Mark Davis, Wolfgang Reitherman and Milt Kahl. Each flip book features a scene from an animated Disney feature in its original line-drawn form, having been selected from among a wide range of films for great movement and classic characters. Such iconic clips from the reel of Disney animation history include: Lady and the Tram's moonlit spaghetti dinner, Sorcerer Mickey's ordeal with a horde of mops; and Thumper's announcement that a prince has been born! In addition to the flip books, the box will contain a booklet providing additional information about the artists.

I would also like to add that one of my favorite films is the documentary "Frank & Ollie".

This film is directed by Frank's son Theodore Thomas. It is such a lovely tribute to the remarkable friendship between these two great animators. It chronicles their lives from when they met in boarding school, through college and their career at Disney up until Walt's passing and the completion of "The Jungle Book". 

This is the listing from Amazon.com:
Before computer graphics, special effects wizardry and out-of-this world technology, the magic of animation flowed from the pencils of two of the greatest animators The Walt Disney Company ever produced -- Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston. Frank and Ollie, the talent behind BAMBI, PINOCCHIO, LADY AND THE TRAMP, THE JUNGLE BOOK and others, set the standard for such modern-day hits as THE LION KING. It was their creative genius that helped make Disney synonymous with brilliant animation, magnificent music and emotional storytelling. Take a journey with these extraordinary artists as they share secrets, insight and the inspiration behind some of the greatest animated movies the world has ever known!

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