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devourax
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I love Milt Kahl. He is one of my animator heroes. There is a great 3-part tribute to him on youtube. (Disney Family Album part 1,2 and 3)

Its definately worth watching.


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devourax
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heres the link....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24CWgNWf7eE&feature=related

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you'll also find

Marc Davis
Ollie Johnston
Frank Thomas
Ward Kimball
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Ganklin
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yeah milt is out of his mind great. the one thing that really (maybe) disappointed me is how he views drawing as just a chore/job. for someone who was so good at it, its strange he didnt enjoy it.

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devourax
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yeah...it was weird that Mr. Kahl said he didn't do much drawing since he retired. (I guess fishing and his wire sculptures and new hobbies occupied all his time.)
Maybe he reached his drawing plateau. (it was stated that his benchmark was so high that nobody could ever reach it)

Is there a name out there in the 2d animation world that can compare? (in character development, as well as character animation)

Mr. Kahl's comment about his disinterest in static drawings made it sound like he was bored with simple drawings. He stated that his passion was what he could do with his drawings, and how he could bring character and life into them through animation.
Even though he said he didn't draw much anymore, he still proves that he still has the "master's touch".

I've been listening to all the 9-old men in this series and have been glued to every word.

I love how each animator is also a storyteller, a writer, an actor, and a character developer. I have struggled with my own career path over the years and which direction I should go...writer, musician, character artist, caricarurist, animator, children's writer etc ....until I realized that animation encompasses it all. I come as a "package deal". (hopefully not a jack of all trades:master of none)

I loved the comment that was made by Eric Larson when he said that Walt never came down from his passion/ ideas....he tried to bring people "up" to his vision.

I also loved the part where Eric Larson talked about the excitement of those he worked with and how everyone shared knowledge, expertise, etc. between each other. He felt like that feeling of teamwork is what helped them reach their goals and exceed expectations.

Does that sense of comradery exist anymore????

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Depending on who you talk to, you will get wildly different versions of Disney's directing animators, thier idiosincracies, and how they viewed Walt. I have often heard that they were anything but comrades and were often very split. Some accounts even say that Walt would pit one against the other. I also got the distinct impression that Davis and Kahl were considered the big guns of the studio along with Thomas.


I can understand Milt's view of drawing. I think for some people the act if drawing is often what they get the most enjoyment out of while for others it is the end product of seeing thier scene come to life. Some people want to be animators while others want to be film makers. And for the record, both types need each other.

One thing I find to be interesting is how many of the "nine-old-men" appeared to be lost without Walt or the studio. Of that whole group Ward Kimball seems to be the only one that was able to break away and do his own thing. The rest seemed to retire from the medium after they left the studio.

Are there any animators out there like Milt Kahl today???

Oddly enough I think many of the ones that are similar to him were directly affected by him: Richard Williams, James Baxter, Brad Bird, Andres Deja. It is interesting to note that there are the animators who came more from a POV like Frank Thomas and then there are the ones who came at it more like Kahl. It is sort of a "technical" approach versus a "feel" approach. Thomas seemed to feel his scenes out while Kahl approached things much more technically.

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Ben Burgess
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GLEN KEENE should be mentioned for his animation contributions as Supervising Animator on many of the later hit Disney films.

Walt Disney was so deversified with his time that during "Sleeping Beauty" he let the "Nine Old Men", the veteran animators, have more decision making in the film they were producing.

And, from the beginnings of "101 Dalmations", These Supervising Animators became PRODUCERS, of the film for the first time, thus saving the animation industry by DISNEY not folding up its ANIMATION DEPARTMENT, because this film was such a big hit. [Smile]

"JUNGLE BOOK", was a production that was on thin ice all along during production, with a small staff literally counting how many pencils they could use. But, to the suits at DISNEY, this film produced by the "NINE OLD MEN"

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I wouldn't put too much stock in those comments by Milt. He was a guy who was passionate about drawing. Deep down inside I think Kahl missed the Disney studio, and Walt in particular. His departure from Disney was not a pleasant one.

We had a small crew on "The Jungle Book," but I don't understand the "thin ice" comment. Unlike most films today, production was pretty smooth. The only setback was Bill Peet's departure.

Walt Disney kept his animation department going for his veteran animators. As long as those old guys wanted to work, Walt would have kept them busy.

"The Jungle Book" was successful, but the credit for that goes to Walt. We simply made the movie he wanted to see.

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