Frank & Ollie

I want to thank everybody for visiting the blog and for posting the nicest comments!

You guys sure know how to flatter this animator. I am a little overwhelmed by
the reactions from around the world.
That means the pressure is on to surprise you with posts that will knock your socks off.
So, I continue with FRANK & OLLIE !
I met them both for the first time in the spring of 1980 at Disney, during a visit to LA, before I started to work at the studio. Eric Larson took me to their office.
They were working on "The Illusion of Life" at that time. The walls were covered with storyboards, holding original art from many Disney features. Backgrounds, designs,animation drawings....I almost fainted.
Curiously though when posing with them for this photo, I seem to project an attitude
that says : May I introduce you to my two assistants, Frank and Ollie.
The nerve...

The pencil test shows two scenes from "Sleeping Beauty" in continuity.
The first scene was animated by Ollie, the second by Frank.
I purchased all of the original ruffs from Ollie many years ago. After scanning
them and adding sound I couldn't believe what I was watching.
Acting and drawing are so utterly convincing, completely alive!
Ollie stages his scene very clearly, three characters interacting, but the focus is on
Flora's finger. And Frank's close up of Merryweather shows a mood change with stunning subtleties.
The way her head anticipates ever so slightly the word "frost".
This is the kind of stuff that still brings me to my knees....