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In the mid-1950s, Woolie was promoted to director, and served as a sequence director for ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' (the climactic dragon fight) and ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' (including the puppies' reunion with their parents). In 1963, with the downsizing of the animation staff, Woolie became the first director to solely direct an animated feature at Disney with ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone''.

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In the mid-1950s, Woolie was promoted to director, and served as a sequence director for ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' (the climactic dragon fight) and ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' (including the puppies' reunion with their parents). In 1961 he directed ''WesternAnimation/{{Aquamania}}'', one of the last Goofy animated shorts. In 1963, with the downsizing of the animation staff, Woolie became the first director to solely direct an animated feature at Disney with ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone''.


He then became an artist at WED Enterprises, Walt's "imagineering" workshop that designed attractions for [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]], alongside his wife Alice, who was a costume designer. The attractions he worked on included ''Pirates of the Caribbean'', ''Ride/TheHauntedMansion'', ''Ride/CountryBearJamboree'' and ''America Sings''.

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He then became an artist at WED Enterprises, Walt's "imagineering" workshop that designed attractions for [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]], alongside his wife Alice, who was a costume designer. The attractions he worked on included ''Pirates of the Caribbean'', ''Ride/TheHauntedMansion'', ''Ride/CountryBearJamboree'' and ''America Sings''.''Ride/AmericaSings''.


Clark made his directorial debut in 1958 with the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-nominated ''Paul Bunyan'', and served as a sequence director on ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''. After animating a bit on ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', Clark directed various educational films for the company until he retired in 1975, after 48 years at the studio. He died of cancer in 1979.

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Clark made his directorial debut in 1958 with the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-nominated ''Paul Bunyan'', "WesternAnimation/PaulBunyan", and served as a sequence director on ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''. After animating a bit on ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', Clark directed various educational films for the company until he retired in 1975, after 48 years at the studio. He died of cancer in 1979.


His favorite film after the death of Walt Disney was ''Disney/TheRescuers'', where he animated the interaction between Penny and Rufus the cat, the latter of whom was a self-caricature. After contributing some early animation for ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'', Ollie would return from the Disney studio in January 1978.

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His favorite film after the death of Walt Disney was ''Disney/TheRescuers'', where he animated the interaction between Penny and Rufus the cat, the latter of whom was a self-caricature. After contributing some early animation for ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'', Ollie would return retire from the Disney studio in January 1978.


Perhaps the broadest character Ollie animated was the female Emotion in the WWII propaganda short ''Reason and Emotion'', who hated to be restrained in the backseat and wanted to have some fun. After the war, Ollie animated the timid but adventurous titular character in ''[[Disney/MakeMineMusic Peter and the Wolf]]'' and the egotistical prosecutor in ''[[Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad The Wind in the Willows]]''.

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Perhaps the broadest character Ollie animated was the female Emotion in the WWII propaganda short ''Reason and Emotion'', ''WesternAnimation/ReasonAndEmotion'', who hated to be restrained in the backseat and wanted to have some fun. After the war, Ollie animated the timid but adventurous titular character in ''[[Disney/MakeMineMusic Peter and the Wolf]]'' and the egotistical prosecutor in ''[[Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad The Wind in the Willows]]''.


Clark made his directorial debut in 1958 with the UsefulNoted/AcademyAward-nominated ''Paul Bunyan'', and served as a sequence director on ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''. After animating a bit on ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', Clark directed various educational films for the company until he retired in 1975, after 48 years at the studio. He died of cancer in 1979.

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Clark made his directorial debut in 1958 with the UsefulNoted/AcademyAward-nominated UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-nominated ''Paul Bunyan'', and served as a sequence director on ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''. After animating a bit on ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', Clark directed various educational films for the company until he retired in 1975, after 48 years at the studio. He died of cancer in 1979.



Frank co-authored four books with Ollie Johnston: ''Literature/TheIllusionOfLife'', ''Too Funny for Words'', ''The Disney Villain'' and ''Bambi: The Story and the Film''. He and Frank would also have voice cameos in two of Creator/BradBird's films, ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''. Frank died of natural causes in 2004.

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Frank co-authored four books with Ollie Johnston: ''Literature/TheIllusionOfLife'', ''Too Funny for Words'', ''The Disney Villain'' and ''Bambi: The Story and the Film''. He and Frank Oliver Johnston would also have voice cameos in two of Creator/BradBird's films, ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''. Frank died of natural causes in 2004.


He then became an artist at WED Enterprises, Walt's "imagineering" workshop that designed attractions for [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]], alongside his wife Alice, who was a costume designer. Among the attractions he worked on included ''Pirates of the Caribbean'', ''Ride/TheHauntedMansion'', ''Country Bear Jamboree'' and ''America Sings''.

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He then became an artist at WED Enterprises, Walt's "imagineering" workshop that designed attractions for [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]], alongside his wife Alice, who was a costume designer. Among the The attractions he worked on included ''Pirates of the Caribbean'', ''Ride/TheHauntedMansion'', ''Country Bear Jamboree'' ''Ride/CountryBearJamboree'' and ''America Sings''.


He then became an artist at WED Enterprises, Walt's "imagineering" workshop that designed attractions for [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]], alongside his wife Alice, who was a costume designer. Among the attractions he worked on included ''Pirates of the Caribbean'', ''Ride/TheHauntedMansion'' and the ''Country Bear Jamboree''. Marc died in 2000.

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He then became an artist at WED Enterprises, Walt's "imagineering" workshop that designed attractions for [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]], alongside his wife Alice, who was a costume designer. Among the attractions he worked on included ''Pirates of the Caribbean'', ''Ride/TheHauntedMansion'' and the ''Ride/TheHauntedMansion'', ''Country Bear Jamboree''. Marc died in 2000.
Jamboree'' and ''America Sings''.

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* NewMediaAreEvil: Zigzagged. Frank Thomas was initially very critical about computer animation, but some time after he retired from the business, he became interested in it and began learning how to do it on his own time. Ward Kimball had also expressed that if he hadn't retired from animation, he would have been interested in learning it too. Marc Davis, on the other hand, absolutely loathed it and even bringing up the subject about him was [[BerserkButton known to make him very angry.]]


Ward Kimball joined the studio in 1934. He soon became an assistant to Ham Luske, and was promoted to animator on ''Elmer Elephant''. In 1937, he animated the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen "Music in Your Soup" and "Building a Bed for Snow White"]] sequences for ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', both of which eventually had to be cut for pacing reasons, and was tempted to quit until Walt gave him the task of designing and animating Jiminy Cricket in ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' as a sort of consolation prize.

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Ward Kimball Creator/WardKimball joined the studio in 1934. He soon became an assistant to Ham Luske, and was promoted to animator on ''Elmer Elephant''. In 1937, he animated the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen "Music in Your Soup" and "Building a Bed for Snow White"]] sequences for ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', both of which eventually had to be cut for pacing reasons, and was tempted to quit until Walt gave him the task of designing and animating Jiminy Cricket in ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' as a sort of consolation prize.


* TheFriendsWhoNeverHang: You'd be forgiven for thinking it, but the Nine Old Men were not all friends with each other in real life. This is one of the reasons why there are ''very'' few group photos of them all together.

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* TheFriendsWhoNeverHang: You'd be forgiven for thinking it, but the Nine Old Men were not all friends with each other in real life.life and the relationship between several of them was largely professional. This is one of the reasons why there are ''very'' few group photos of them all together.


* AwesomeMcCoolName: Wolfgang Reitherman.

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* AwesomeMcCoolName: Wolfgang Reitherman.Reitherman--a common name in Germany, but not in the US.


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* TheFriendsWhoNeverHang: You'd be forgiven for thinking it, but the Nine Old Men were not all friends with each other in real life. This is one of the reasons why there are ''very'' few group photos of them all together.


As the 1940s came to a close, he specialized on more down-to-earth characters, such as Johnny Appleseed and Sluefoot Sue in ''Disney/MelodyTime'', Brom Bones in ''[[Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad The Legend of Sleepy Hollow]]'', the Fairy Godmother in ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', the title character of ''Disney/PeterPan'', and Prince Phillip in ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''.

Kahl's animation in the 1960s and 1970s is also notable for his characters' broad movements, including Roger in ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', Merlin and Madam Mim in ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'' (which he considered his favorite project, and also served as a character designer), Shere Kahn in ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' and Tigger in ''[[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day]]''. He would retire in 1976 after animating all of Madame Medusa and Mr. Snoops in ''Disney/TheRescuers''.

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As the 1940s came to a close, he specialized on more down-to-earth restrained characters, such as Johnny Appleseed and Sluefoot Sue in ''Disney/MelodyTime'', Brom Bones in ''[[Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad The Legend of Sleepy Hollow]]'', the Fairy Godmother in ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', the title character of ''Disney/PeterPan'', and Prince Phillip in ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''.

Kahl's animation in the 1960s and 1970s is also notable for his characters' broad movements, including Roger in ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', Merlin and Madam Mim in ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'' (which he considered his favorite project, and also served as a character designer), Shere Kahn in ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' and Tigger in ''[[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day]]''. He One of his most recognizable trademarks was giving characters a cocky "head swagger" when they talked, which showed off his uncanny ability to to lip sync while keeping his drawings rock-solid, a tricky thing to do in hand-drawn animation.

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would retire in 1976 after animating all of Madame Medusa and Mr. Snoops in ''Disney/TheRescuers''.


!!Leslie James "Les" Clark (Nov. 17, 1907--Sept. 12, 1979)

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!!Leslie James "Les" Clark (Nov. 17, 1907--Sept.1907–Sept. 12, 1979)



!!Eric Cleon Larson (Sept. 03, 1905--Oct. 25, 1988)

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!!Eric Cleon Larson (Sept. 03, 1905--Oct.1905–Oct. 25, 1988)



!!Milton Erwin "Milt" Kahl (Mar. 22, 1909--Apr. 19, 1987)

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!!Milton Erwin "Milt" Kahl (Mar. 22, 1909--Apr.1909–Apr. 19, 1987)



!!Wolfgang "Woolie" Reitherman (Jun. 26, 1909--May 22, 1985)

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!!Wolfgang "Woolie" Reitherman (Jun. 26, 1909--May 1909–May 22, 1985)



!!Franklin Rosborough "Frank" Thomas (Sept. 05, 1912--Sept. 08, 2004)

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!!Franklin Rosborough "Frank" Thomas (Sept. 05, 1912--Sept.1912–Sept. 08, 2004)



!!Marc Fraser Davis (March 30, 1913--January 12, 2000)

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!!Marc Fraser Davis (March 30, 1913--January 1913–January 12, 2000)



!!Ward Walrath Kimball (Mar. 04, 1914--Jul. 08, 2002)

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!!Ward Walrath Kimball (Mar. 04, 1914--Jul.1914–Jul. 08, 2002)



Ward's work is easily recognizable for his characters' bouncy and often wacky movements; one case he's not well-known for yet probably demonstrates this the most obviously is Faline in ''Disney/{{Bambi}}''. Among his most noted animation included the crows in ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'', the demented Nazi take on the Sleeping Beauty story in ''WesternAnimation/EducationForDeath'', the surreal title song of ''Disney/TheThreeCaballeros'', Lucifer in ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', and the Mad Hatter and Tweedles Dee & Dum in ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''. He made his directorial debut for the short-lived "WesternAnimation/{{Adventures in Music|Duology}}" series, the second of which, ''Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom'', won an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward.

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Ward's work is easily recognizable for his characters' bouncy and often wacky movements; one case he's not well-known for yet probably demonstrates this the most obviously is Faline [[GenkiGirl Faline]] in ''Disney/{{Bambi}}''. Among his most noted animation included the crows in ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'', the demented Nazi take on the Sleeping Beauty Literature/SleepingBeauty story in ''WesternAnimation/EducationForDeath'', the surreal title song of ''Disney/TheThreeCaballeros'', Lucifer in ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', and the Mad Hatter and Tweedles Dee & Dum in ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''. He made his directorial debut for the short-lived "WesternAnimation/{{Adventures in Music|Duology}}" series, the second of which, ''Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom'', won an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward.



!!John Mitchell Lounsbery (Mar. 09, 1911--Feb. 13, 1976)

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!!John Mitchell Lounsbery (Mar. 09, 1911--Feb.1911–Feb. 13, 1976)



!!Oliver Martin "Ollie" Johnston Jr. (Oct. 31, 1912--Apr. 14, 2008)

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!!Oliver Martin "Ollie" Johnston Jr. (Oct. 31, 1912--Apr.1912–Apr. 14, 2008)


Some of the most revered animators in the HistoryOfAnimation, '''Disney's Nine Old Men''' were a group of Creator/WaltDisney's top animators, some of whom would even become directors. They also taught and mentored many of today's top animators, both at Disney and elsewhere.

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Some of the most revered animators in the HistoryOfAnimation, '''Disney's Disney's Nine Old Men''' Men were a group of Creator/WaltDisney's top animators, some of whom would even become directors. They also taught and mentored many of today's top animators, both at Disney and elsewhere.

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