Friday, July 18, 2014

SHOULDERS of ANIMATION GIANTS

Photo: Emile Cohl

Celebrating animators and the magical art of animation is a good thing, but please let’s stop going on and on and on about Disney’s Nine Old Men. Doing so suggests nobody was as good before or since which is just not true.
The nine old men (and I’m not going to name them yet again) were  talented and inventive but they did stand on shoulders of giants:



Emile Cohl (France, 1857-1938) - Fantasmagorie
Winsor McCay (USA, 1867-1934) - Gertie the Dinosaur

Max Fleischer (invented Rotoscope) (USA, 1883-1972) - Boop-Oop-A-Doop
Otto Messmer (USA, 1892-1983) - Felix (the Cat) Revolts
Lotte Reiniger (Germany, 1899-1981) - The Adventures of Prince Ahmed
Walt Disney (USA, 1901-1966) - Laugh-O-Grams “Jack, The Giant Killer” (Walt was one of the animators)

Friz Freleng (USA, 1906-1995) - The Pink Panther
Tex Avery (USA, 1908-1980) - Dumb Hounded
Chuck Jones (USA 1912-2002) - What’s Opera, Doc?

Just as today’s animators stand on the shoulders of the Nine and future greats will stand on these shoulders:


James Baxter (UK) - Spirit   
Silvain Chomet (France) - l’Illusioniste 
Glen Keane (USA) - Beauty and the Beast pencil test
Caroline Leaf (Canada/USA) - The Street

Hayao Miyazaki (Japan) - The Genius and Wonder of Hayao Miyazaki   
Richard Williams (Canada) - The Thief and the Cobbler 
Kathy Zeilinski - (USA) Hunchback of Notre Dame: Frollo


Photo: Kathy Zielinski
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