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Ollie Johnston, last of the Disney "Nine Old Men" died at age 95


Ollie Johnston died of natural causes on Monday April 14, 2008 in Sequim, Washington.

"Ollie was part of an amazing generation of artists, one of the real pioneers of our art, one of the major participants in the blossoming of animation into the art form we know today," said Roy E. Disney.

Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston Website

Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston


  1. Aaaw... thats kind of sad :(

    He was one of my heroes (even though I've never met him) because for many years
    ago when I aspired to become an animator - I was directed towards "The Illusion of Life" book
    which Ollie Johnston where a part of - and many of the valuable teachings from the studio
    went into that book, so I sort of felt like I "knew" him by heart.

    Oh well - A long and rich life it probably was - 95 years is no bad feat for a man that
    was born in an age where we didn't really had that many medical advantages as we have today.

    You may say that he got to work all his life with the best stuff in the world - and with the
    best people to - who became his personal friends.

    Goodbye old "friend" - life gave you much - but you gave so much back!


  2. A good man, a good life. His impact on the world is felt by countless people, especially the general public that simply enjoy watching animation.

  3. Thank you, Ollie, for all you've done. May God bless all those you've touched. Thanks. May the legacy continue.

  4. Sergeant Oreo on

    So long Mr. Johnston,

    May your hard work continue
    to inspire generations of animators!

    Now i'll be sure to read The Illusion of Life after I finish the Animator's Workbook!

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