Ollie Johnston dies at 95
Heroes of Animated Cinema #3

Ollie Johnston gets into his work animating Johnny Appleseed in 1948.

The last of Walt Disney's Nine Old Men, animator Ollie Johnston, has passed away at the age of 95.

Often working with lifelong friend Frank Thomas, Johnston helped raise the art of character animation to new heights, first in shorts and soon after in features like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio and Fantasia. His personal stamp remained on Disney animation right up until The Fox and the Hound in 1981 (oddly enough, right around the same time that Disney animated films entered a severe creative drought).

Naturally, Jerry Beck's Cartoon Brew has access to all the details and tributes.

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