Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Lounsbery Cels

Most Disney animation history buffs agree, John Lounsbery doesn't get enough love.
He died in February of 1976 as the first of the Nine Old Men. (Les Clark was the second).
Louns was a mild mannered, soft spoken animator who nevertheless inspired new generations of animators. 
Glen Keane was blown away when he saw Lounsbery drawings for the first time. Dale Baer had the pleasure of being tutored by him during the Disney animation training program. And I am still studying his work trying to figure out why his characters in Dance of the Hours, Dumbo and Jungle Book -to name just a few titles- come off the screen in such a believable and entertaining way.
His use of squash and stretch when animating loose skin is astounding. Examples:
Tony& Joe, the dog Bull and Colonel Hathi. 
So many great performances  like Willie, the Giant, the Mad Hatter (yes, a lot of the the key scenes are his along with the Cheshire Cat), the mice in Cinderella and on and on.

Lounsbery was one of the greatest...ever.

Here is my first post on John Lounsbery:


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    Did you see Klaus yet, by the way?

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  2. As an artist/semi-filmmaker, I'm working on a side-project where a group of anthropomorphic characters go behind the scenes of Bible stories. One of the characters is a lizard which I call "Lounsberry" (I added one "r" since it kinda sounds delicious or maybe the lizard has a taste for berries) as a tribute to John Lounsbery based on the design and animation he did for the alligators for "Dance of the Hours", especially Ben Ali Gator. What do you think of that?

  3. I couldn't possibly disagree, one of the most remarkably versatile at Disney, and criminally underrated! And he was also a really nice guy, too, I heard.

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