Monday, 20 April 2015

Secrets of Disney's Nine Old Men - Ollie Johnstone

Ollie Johnstone. Photo: Janke 
Walt Disney joked that his best animators were his "Nine Old Men" - and the nickname stuck. One of the nine was Ollie Johnstone, one of the best character animators at the Disney Studio and the man who breathed life into some of the studio's most enduring characters. In the video below, Ollie talks about how he created his characters, giving a surprising amount of detailed insight into his work methods. This is fascinating material for anyone who aspires to master the craft of animation, and what comes across most strongly is the amount of time and effort that the Disney animators put into their research, shooting live action, and studying life, in order to create their characters.

To watch the video, which forms part of the excellent "Disney Family Album" series of in-house videos, shot in the late 1980s and early 1990s, follow the link below.

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