Friday, April 14, 2017

A Blast from the Past / Now in Hi Res



This photo was taken in the early 1980s. Didier Ghez posted this pic a while ago on his blog. We are celebrating master layout artist Don Griffith, who is about to retire. Don was a gentle soul with enormous talent. His career with Disney Animation goes all the way back to 1943. He worked on so many classic films. 
OK, based on the comments Didier received on his blog, here are the names of the folks in the picture:
Way in the back is background painter Jim Coleman. Next row from left to right:
Layout artist Guy Vasilovich, Don Griffith, blue sketch artist Kathy Zar, Joe Hale (producer, former layout artist), Ed Hanson (management), director Rick Rich, story artist Dave Jonas, layout artist Karen Keller.
Next row:
Director Ted Berman, me, layout artist Bill Frake, layout/vis dev artist Mike Hodgson, and in front layout artist Carol Grosvenor.
I remember this party as if it was yesterday. We were still in Walt's Burbank animation building.

Magic!!!

6 comments:

  1. Andreas at the Walt Disney studio, can I try to meet someone or I have to ask of my cousin because her friend works at the Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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    1. And I don't know anything about it, so I will like if you asked a question.

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  2. Andreas: Look in your inbox... now you have it in high res :-)

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  3. His work was brilliant! I love seeing stuff from this era, knowing that all those young artist eventually DID become the artists they wanted to be

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  4. Guy had a passing resemblance to my father, who had pretty much the same style back in the day. Heh. Awesome! What a lovely photo. :)

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