Wednesday, July 28, 2021

A Milt Kahl Ballerina

That's Brad Bird admiring a Milt Kahl wire sculpture during the 2018 exhibition "Walt Disney's Nine Old Men: Masters of Animation" at the Walt Disney Family Museum. I recall seeing this and other ballet sculptures at Milt's condo in Marine County, just north of San Francisco. 

Milt asked me if I knew Brad. I said I didn't, we're talking early 1980s. He called Brad "a cute, talented guy". Milt referred to people he liked as "cute" including Walt Disney.

A few of these masterful sculptures did not survive, the moist San Francisco air made them rusty.

Brad kew Milt personally more than any of the other geeks, myself included. He sought his advice as a teenager. The wonderful thing about Milt was that once he found out that you were a serious student of character animation, he gave you all the time in the world. 

There are people who claim that the old Disney guys wanted to take the secrets of greatness into their graves. Milt was not one of them. 

Here is an earlier post regarding Milt's ballerinas with some filmed footage:



  1. I remember seeing more of his ballerinas in older blog posts of yours. They all look like remarkable pieces of art in pictures, but I can't imagine how gorgeous they must look in real life when you can actually circle around them and see how vividly they convey the idea of movement. Truly impressive.
    You guys are very lucky to have met and gotten to know such an amazing artist, but it's clear that you know that very well.

  2. Beautiful sculpture. So Andreas, which of the nine old men did you get to know the most?

  3. A genius looking at a fellow genius' work. Absolutly breathtaking art.