Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Oliver Martin Johnston, Jr. (October 31, 1912 – April 14, 2008)
Ollie was a sweet man, who was the epitome of the professional animator. A consummate professional with the eyes and heart of a child.
I feel a sincere loss at the passing of such a pivotal person in one of the truly American art Forms.
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.