Monday, 6 September 2010

Happy Belated Birthday to Frank Thomas...

I know that his birthday has already passed, but I'm writing this small belated article to remember the great animator who taught us many things and that's Frank Thomas.

(Frank Thomas working on a scene in Robin Hood)
Died in 2004 at the age of 92 three days after his birthday, if he was still alive he would have been 98 and if Ollie Johnston was still alive, he wouldn't turn 98 until October 31 (Halloween). Both Disney animators are great and they taught many animators and animation fans many new things, and some animators like Ward Kimball or John Lounsbery could do many slapstick stuff - or some would do those heavy stuff like Bill Tytla and Woolie Reitherman - some had to draw those stiff careful humans stuff like Marc Davis or Milt Kahl - and of course; some could do it in the heart like Frank and Ollie could.
Both animators can made their characters very real instead in the old Disney days when animators just drew Mickey and made it move - but Frank and Ollie taught the Studios of how believable the characters are and how they communicate.
Frank Thomas was the second last to die of the Nine Old Men, Ollie Johnston was the last to die in 2008. We'll miss you...

1 comment:

Eric Noble said...

Happy Belated Birthday Frank Thomas!!! I hope you're enjoying it!!