Now I’m not much of a animation historian. I’m a newbie when it comes to identifying the ” giants” that helped set the foundation of what we know as character animation. One of which I hear a lot about is Bill Tytla. Now for those who don’t know ( and for most who read this, you’re probably all animators anyhow..so you DO know), he was one of 3 supervising animators for Snow White. And was famous for Pinnochio’s Stromboli, the Dumbo reunites with his mom scene, and of course the big Devil in Fantasia.
I wish I had read the article I’m gonna leave as a link from ASIFA, a few years back. When i was a total animation NOOB. And I’m still not that far off. I was able to go to an animation event at the Academy in Hollywood. Basically had a few great speakers talking about how animation is moving now that more mediums like 3d are in the mix. The special treat AFTER the show were a bunch of animation bg paintings, cells, and drawings. A friend of mine wildly pointed out the very familiar Stromboli drawings that I had recognized by watching the movie. But even NOT knowing who Bill Tytla was, I was hypnotized by the beauty of EACH and every key. I mean you could have framed any individual one. And here there were at least six to eight drawings in front of me. Hes definitely someone I hold in high regard as I try to learn this animation artform. His story is almost like a real life greek tragedy in a way. With him leaving Disney in his prime to go east with his family and not being able to further contribute more masterpieces for generations to come. Maybe the most brilliant candles can only burn for so long? Would have been interesting to see what he might have contributed to say, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella or Lady and the Tramp. Or better yet, how he might have influenced the nine old men while still at disney.
Enjoy the article!