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Oliver Martin Johnston, Jr. (born on October 31, 1912 in Palo Alto, California) is a pioneer in the field of motion picture animation. He was one of Disney's Nine Old Men, and the last living member. His work was recognized with the National Medal of Arts in 2005. Jump to: navigation, search October 31 is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 61 days remaining, as the final day of October. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1912 was a leap year starting on Monday. ... Jump to: navigation, search Downtown Palo Alto Palo Alto is a city in Santa Clara County, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, USA, named for a tree called El Palo Alto. ... Jump to: navigation, search Animation is the illusion of motion created by the consecutive display of images of static elements. ... 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. ... The National Medal of Arts is an award and title bestowed on selected honorees by the National Endowment for the Arts. ... See also 2004 in art, 2006 in art, List of years in art Works The Gates, an installation by Christo and Jeanne-Claude that was up from February 12 through February 27 in Central Park in New York City. ...


He was a directing animator at Walt Disney Studios from 1935-1978. He contributed to many films including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, Bambi and Pinocchio. The Walt Disney Studios refers to several different entities and locations associated with The Walt Disney Company: The Walt Disney Studios is one of the media empires four main operating units. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1935(MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the first animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Fantasia is a 1940 motion picture, the third in the Disney animated features canon, which was a Walt Disney experiment in animation and music. ... Jump to: navigation, search This article is about the 1942 Walt Disney film. ... Pinocchio is the second animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ...

Ollie Johnston on his garden railroad in 1993
Ollie Johnston on his garden railroad in 1993

Johnston co-authored, with Frank Thomas, the classic reference book The Illusion Of Life. This book helped preserve the knowledge of the techniques that were developed at the studio. The partnership of Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas is fondly presented in the documentary "Frank and Ollie", produced by Theodore Thomas, Frank's son. Image File history File links Photo 1993 By J-E Nyström User:Janke Ollie Johnston running his backyard train. ... Image File history File links Photo 1993 By J-E Nyström User:Janke Ollie Johnston running his backyard train. ... Franklin Thomas (September 5, 1913, Fresno, California - September 8, 2004, Flintridge, California) was one of Walt Disneys team of animators known as the Nine Old Men. ... 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. ...


Personal life

Johnston attended Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, and Chouinard Art Institute. Jump to: navigation, search For other meanings of Stanford, see Stanford (disambiguation). ... Jump to: navigation, search University of California, Berkeley The University of California, Berkeley (also known as Cal, UCB, UC Berkeley, The University of California, California, or simply Berkeley) is a public coeducational university situated east of the San Francisco Bay in Berkeley, California, overlooking the Golden Gate. ... The California Institute of the Arts, commonly known as CalArts, and located in Valencia, California, grants degrees in visual and performing arts. ...


Ollie married a fellow Disney employee, Ink and Paint artist Marie Worthey, in 1943. Marie Johnston passed away May 20, 2005.


Ollie's lifelong hobby was Live steam trains. Starting in 1949, he built a 1" scale backyard railroad, with three 1/12th scale locomotives, now owned by his sons. This railroad inspired Walt Disney to build his own backyard railroad, the Carolwood Pacific Railroad, which again inspired the building of the railroad in Disneyland. Mamod live steam locomotive and train on a garden railway layout Live steam is steam under pressure, obtained by heating water in a boiler. ... A backyard railroad, with a 4-4-0 locomotive in 1:8 scale The term backyard railroad refers to a privately owned, outdoor railroad, most often in miniature, but large enough for one or several persons to ride on. ... Jump to: navigation, search Walt Disney For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... Walter Elias Disney, (1901-1966), founder of Disneyland and the Walt Disney Company, seen here in the cab of the at Main Street Station. ... Jump to: navigation, search Disneyland is a theme park at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. ...


In the 1960s Ollie acquired and restored a full-size narrow-gauge Porter engine. This engine was sold to John Lasseter (of Pixar Studios fame). John A. Lasseter (born January 12, 1957) is a founding member of Pixar, where he currently serves as Executive Vice President, Creative. ... Jump to: navigation, search Pixar Animation Studios (NASDAQ: PIXR) is an award-winning computer generated imagery (CGI) animation firm based in Emeryville, California (USA). ...


Other books

  • Too Funny for Words: Disney's Greatest Sight Gags (ISBN 0896597474)
  • Walt Disney's Bambiā€”the Story and the Film (ISBN 1556701608)
  • The Disney Villain (ISBN 1562827928)

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Frank & Ollie's Official Site: A Tribute to Frank Thomas (448 words)
Ollie Johnston is renowned for his role in pioneering film animation with the Walt Disney Studios.
One of Johnston's proudest accomplishments was his work on the 1942 film Bambi, which pushed the art form to new levels in its portrayal of animal realism.
Johnston has inspired and helped train a new generation of animators to continue the Disney tradition and serves as a senior ambassador for the art form he helped pioneer and popularize.
Ollie Johnston - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (270 words)
The partnership of Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas is fondly presented in the documentary "Frank and Ollie", produced by Theodore Thomas, Frank's son.
Johnston attended Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, and Chouinard Art Institute.
Ollie married a fellow Disney employee, Ink and Paint artist Marie Worthey, in 1943.
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