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Last Tuesday night, I traveled down to one of the cities I most dislike in all of Southern California: I went to Hollywood.
Good ol’ Tinsel Town, with its sidewalk hucksters wearing eBay costumes of Bugs Bunny and SpongeBob, with its endless food courts and faux-trendy boutiques. Hollywood, that theme park of seediness and broken dreams. There are very few events that could draw me into the chromium heart of such a city. A tribute to Ollie Johnston, the last of Walt’s Nine Old Men, was one such an event.
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Great article. I'd love to visit the Capitan someday. And yes, Ollie Johnson was the last of a rarified breed. While I'm all for Disney bringing back 2D, I wonder if the company has the patience to develop 2D artists, or rather, "actors" the way Walt had for talented people like Ollie. While there may be talented, even gifted animators working for the company now, none of them will have had Ollie's vast experience and training. We'll just have to hope "Princess and the Frog" does well, and that the next 2D film does well, so that a new crop of animators will someday do work to equal that of Ollie and his colleagues. We'll just have to wait and see.
I sure wish that I could have been there. Ollie was such a dear, sweet guy who had such a generous spirit to help out those just starting their careers at Disney. Though other animators had their great strengths as well, it was always Ollie's scenes that I have responded emotionally to the most over the years. I'm very happy to see this great man honoured by those who knew him and loved him well.