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Ollie Johnston, legendary Disney animator, known as one of Disney’s Nine Old Men, and known for his work on the dwarves in Snow White, Pinocchio, Alice and the King of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, Mr. Smee from Peter Pan, Robin Hood and Prince John, Mowgli, Baloo and Bagheera from The Jungle Book, and countless others from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs all the way up through Mickey’s Christmas Carol. In particular Ollie was known for his heart-felt character animation, which showed characters and their interaction with extremely life-like, and touching emotion.
Ollie used to animate with a piece of paper pinned to his wall, on which he had written:
"What is the character thinking and why does he feel that way?"
Ollie always stressed to the younger animators he taught in the 1970s, animators like Glen Keane, that the key was sincerity in their animation. Be true to the character and what they think and feel. Reveal the meaning there. Glen Keane has talked about this a lot in interviews.
-Chris

Ollie Johnston, legendary Disney animator, known as one of Disney’s Nine Old Men, and known for his work on the dwarves in Snow White, Pinocchio, Alice and the King of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, Mr. Smee from Peter Pan, Robin Hood and Prince John, Mowgli, Baloo and Bagheera from The Jungle Book, and countless others from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs all the way up through Mickey’s Christmas Carol. In particular Ollie was known for his heart-felt character animation, which showed characters and their interaction with extremely life-like, and touching emotion.

Ollie used to animate with a piece of paper pinned to his wall, on which he had written:

"What is the character thinking and why does he feel that way?"

Ollie always stressed to the younger animators he taught in the 1970s, animators like Glen Keane, that the key was sincerity in their animation. Be true to the character and what they think and feel. Reveal the meaning there. Glen Keane has talked about this a lot in interviews.

-Chris