Walt Disney's Nine Old Men: Masters of Animation
Having worked together on Walt Disney's seminal films, from Snow White to The Jungle Book, each of the animators--Les Clark, Marc Davis, Ollie Johnston, Milt Kahl, Ward Kimball, Eric Larson, John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, and Frank Thomas--had unique personalities and talents that contributed to a seminal artistic, animation movement. Guest-curated by Academy Award®-nominated producer Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Maleficent), this exhibition showcases personal and never-before-seen selections, including sketchbooks, paintings, photographs, and personal ephemera, alongside original art from the classic filmsPinocchio (1940), Bambi (1942), Peter Pan (1953), Lady and the Tramp (1955), and Sleeping Beauty (1959). The exhibition highlights the influence that these nine geniuses had on character animation, which fueled and nurtured the next generation of animators. A selection of work from contemporary animators, influenced by the Nine Old Men, will also be on display.
This is what SF/Arts curator Jack Hirsch had to say about Walt Disney's Nine Old Men: Masters of Animation :
Walt Disney’s Family Museum celebrates the pioneers of animation in its new exhibition “Nine Old Men,” which showcases artwork, Disney family mementos and sketchbooks, tracing the evolution of animation as well as fan-favorite characters like Pinocchio (1940), Bambi (1942) and Sleeping Beauty (1959). The exhibition is guest-curated by Academy Award-nominated producer Don Hahn.