The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

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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