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The Last of the Nine

Sad news today in the world of animation. Ollie Johnston, the last of Walt Disney’s ”Nine Old Men” has died. Others are far more qualified than me to discuss his considerable contribution to the art of animation. But it’s also worth noting that without Ollie, there might not be a Disneyland today. Walt Disney was inspired to build his backyard railroad, the Carolwood Pacific, by the backyard railroads of Ollie and fellow animator Ward Kimball. The Carolwood Pacific in turn inspired Walt to think bigger, leading to the creation of Disneyland. Thanks Ollie.

Update: The Disney Blog has a list of online tributes to Ollie Johnston as well as Walt Disney Studio’s tribute.