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Encyclopedia > Frank Thomas (animator)
Frank Thomas
Frank Thomas (middle) with best friend Ollie Johnston and their wives in (1985)
Born September 5, 1912
Fresno, California
Died September 8, 2004
Flintridge, California
Trade Animator

Franklin Thomas (September 5, 1912, Fresno, California - September 8, 2004, Flintridge, California) was one of Walt Disney's team of animators known as the Nine Old Men. Image File history File links Photo 1985 by J-E Nystrom User:Janke Frank Thomas (middle) with best friend Ollie Johnston and their wives, visiting Helsinki in 1985. ... Image File history File links Photo 1985 by J-E Nystrom User:Janke Frank Thomas (middle) with best friend Ollie Johnston and their wives, visiting Helsinki in 1985. ... Oliver Martin Johnston, Jr. ... This article is about the year. ... September 5 is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years). ... 1912 (MCMXII) was a leap year starting on Monday in the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday in the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... September 8 is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... La Cañada Flintridge is a city located in Los Angeles County, California. ... An animator is one who is involved in the process of animation. ... September 5 is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years). ... 1912 (MCMXII) was a leap year starting on Monday in the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday in the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... September 8 is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... La Cañada Flintridge is a city located in Los Angeles County, California. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... An animator is one who is involved in the process of animation. ... Disneys Nine Old Men were the core animators (some of whom later became directors) that created the Disney studios most famous work, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs onward to The Rescuers. ...


He graduated from Stanford University, attended Chouinard Art Institute, then joined The Walt Disney Company on September 24, 1934 as employee number 224. There he animated dozens of feature films and shorts, and also was a member of the Dixieland band Firehouse Five Plus Two, playing the piano. Stanford redirects here. ... The California Institute of the Arts, commonly known as CalArts, and located in Valencia, California, grants degrees in visual and performing arts. ... The Walt Disney Company (most commonly known as Disney) (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... September 24 is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years). ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Dixieland music is a style of jazz. ... Firehouse Five Plus Two LP album cover. ... A grand piano, with the lid up. ...


His work in animated cartoon shorts included The Brave Little Tailor, in which he animated scenes of Mickey Mouse and the king; Mickey and the bear in The Pointer, and German dialogue scenes in the World War II propaganda short Education for Death (shortly before Thomas enlisted in the Air Force). He also worked on Pooh and Piglet in two of the Winnie the Pooh featurettes. An animated cartoon is a short, hand-drawn (or made with computers to look similar to something hand-drawn) moving picture for the cinema, television or computer screen, featuring some kind of story or plot (even if it is a very short one). ... The Brave Little Tailor  is a 1938 Disney animated short film based on the Grimm Fairy Tale, The Valiant Little Tailor. ... Mickey Mouse is a comic animal cartoon character who has become a symbol for The Walt Disney Company. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, the use of images on this page may require cleanup, involving adjustment of image placement, formatting, size, or other adjustments. ... U.S. propaganda poster from WWII depicting a Nazi stabbing a Bible. ... Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi is an animated short film produced by Walt Disney and released on January 15, 1943 by RKO Radio Pictures. ... Seal of the Air Force. ... Winnie-the-Pooh is a fictional bear created by A. A. Milne. ...


In feature films, among the characters and scenes Thomas animated were the dwarfs crying over Snow White's "dead" body, Pinocchio singing at the marionette theatre, Bambi and Thumper on the ice, Lady and the Tramp eating spaghetti, the three fairies in Sleeping Beauty, Merlin and Arthur as squirrels in The Sword in the Stone, and King Louie in The Jungle Book. Thomas was directing animator for several memorable villains, including the evil stepmother Lady Tremaine in Cinderella, the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, and Captain Hook in Peter Pan. For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of... Snow White in her coffin, Theodor Hosemann, 1867. ... Art by Fritz Kredel (1900-73) The Adventures of Pinocchio (Le Avventure di Pinocchio) is a novel for children by Italian author Carlo Collodi. ... Bambi is the fifth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon, originally released to theatres by RKO Radio Pictures on August 13, 1942 and produced by Walt Disney. ... Lady and the Tramp is the fifteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Sleeping Beauty is the sixteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Wikibooks has more about this subject: The Sword in the Stone This article is about the novel. ... The Jungle Book is the nineteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Gustave Dorés illustration for Cendrillon For other uses, see Cinderella (disambiguation). ... Alice in Wonderland is the thirteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Captain Hook as seen in the Disney version of Peter Pan. ... Peter Pan is the fourteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ...


He retired from Disney on January 31, 1978. January 31 is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ...


Thomas authored, with fellow Disney legend Ollie Johnston, the comprehensive book The Illusion Of Life, first published by Abbeville Press in 1981. Regarded as the definitive authority on traditional hand-drawn character animation (particularly in the Disney style), the book has been republished numerous times, and is often considered "the bible" among character animators. Thomas and Johnston were also profiled in the 1995 documentary Frank and Ollie, which screened at the 20th Toronto International Film Festival, directed by Thomas's son Theodore Thomas. The film profiled their careers, private lives, and the personal friendship between the two men. Oliver Martin Johnston, Jr. ... The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation (ISBN 0786860707) is an acclaimed book by two of Disneys The Nine Old Men, Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Traditional animation, sometimes also called cel animation or hand-drawn animation, is the oldest and historically the most popular form of animation. ... Character animation is a special aspect of the animation process, in which life is breathed into an artificial character. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Poster for the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival Box office at the Manulife Centre The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is widely considered to be one of the top film festivals in the world and is the premiere film festival in North America from which the Oscars race begins. ... Theodore (Ted) Thomas is a U.S. film director and producer. ...


Thomas's last appearance in an animated film before his death was in The Incredibles, although he voiced a character, rather than animating one. Frank and his friend and colleague Ollie Johnston voiced and were caricatured as two old men saying "That's old school..." "Yeah, no school like the old school." The pair had previously been heard, and caricatured, as the two train engineers in Bird's The Iron Giant. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Oliver Martin Johnston, Jr. ... The Iron Giant is a 1999 animated science fiction film, directed by Brad Bird, produced by Warner Bros. ...


To date, one of the best biographical profiles can be found in the 2001 book Walt Disney's Nine Old Men & The Art of Animation by John Canemaker (ISBN 0-7868-6496-6). John Canemaker (b. ...


Other books (all with Johnston)

  • Too Funny For Words: Disney's Greatest Sight Gags
  • The Disney Villain (ISBN 1-56282-792-8)
  • Walt Disney's Bambi: The Sketchbook Series (ISBN 1-55709-342-3)
  • Walt Disney's Peter Pan: The Sketchbook Series (ISBN 1-55709-345-8)

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  Results from FactBites:
 
USATODAY.com - Disney animator Frank Thomas dies at 92 (482 words)
"Frank was a giant in our field, and he meant everything to me and to all of us who loved the art of animation," John Lasseter, creative head of Pixar Animation Studios and a former Disney animator, said in a statement.
Thomas, born in Santa Monica, graduated from Stanford University, where he majored in art, drew cartoons for the school newspaper and met classmate Johnston, forming a lifelong friendship.
Thomas and Johnston both retired in 1978 and went on to author several influential books on animation, including Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life and The Disney Villain.
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