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Rest in Peace, Ollie Johnston (1912 April 14th, 2008)

 
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:36 am    Post subject: Rest in Peace, Ollie Johnston (1912 April 14th, 2008) Reply with quote

Oliver Martin Johnston, Jr. (October 31, 1912 April 14, 2008) was an American motion picture animator. He was one of Disney's Nine Old Men, and the last living member. His work was recognized with the National Medal of Arts in 2005.

He was a directing animator at Walt Disney Studios from 1935 to 1978. He contributed to many films including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, Bambi and Pinocchio. His last full work for Disney came with The Rescuers, in which he was caricatured as one of the film's characters, the cat Rufus.

Johnston co-authored, with Frank Thomas, the reference book The Illusion of Life. This book helped preserve the knowledge of the techniques that were developed at the studio. The partnership of Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston is fondly presented in the documentary Frank and Ollie, produced by Thomas' son Theodore.

On November 10, 2005, Ollie Johnston was among the recipients of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, presented by President George W. Bush in an Oval Office ceremony.

Ollie Johnston died of natural causes on Monday, April 14, 2008 at the age of 95. Rest in peace, Ollie.
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