The Nine Old Men: Book Review

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Focal Press was nice enough to send me a review copy of Andreas Deja’s new book, The Nine Old Men: Lessons, Techniques, and Inspiration from Disney’s Great Animators. As you would expect, each of the nine men (Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Wolfgang Reitherman, Eric Larson, Marc Davis, Ward Kimball, Les Clark, John Lounsbery, and Milt Kahl) has their own chapter which details their personal history at the Disney Studios. Some of these men started as in-betweeners while others were able to skip that step due to their early potential, most notably their impressive draftsmanship. Each chapter talks briefly about each animator’s most notable assignments, and follows with several examples of their animation to study. Continue reading