Every time I start a new job my interest in animation is renewed, and I spend my down time rereading my favourite book on the subject; Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men and the Art of Animation by John Canemaker. I love how Canemaker uses the lives of the Nine Old Men as a springboard for talking about the history of the entire studio and dozens of other animators, but most of all I appreciate that he includes the frustrations and disappointments they experienced in addition to the triumphs. It’s always reassuring to know that you’re not alone.
I finished the chapter on the first of the Old Men tonight, Les Clark. Canemaker mentioned that one of his most fondly remembered pieces of animation was of Tinkerbell in the original Disneyland opening, which I had never seen before.