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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Ollie Johnston passes.

The last of Walt Disney's 'Nine Old Men,' Ollie Johnston, has passed at the age of 95. Johnston was an animator with the Walt Disney Company, and he won the National Medal of Arts in 2005. "He was especially proud of his work on 'Bambi' and its classic scenes, including the heartbreaking death of Bambi's mother at the hands of a hunter," an AP press release said regarding his work.

"The mother's death showed how convincing we could be at presenting really strong emotion," Mr. Johnston said in 1999.

Mr. Johnston’s other credits included "Cinderella," "Alice in Wonderland," "Peter Pan," "Lady and the Tramp," "Sleeping Beauty," "101 Dalmatians," "Mary Poppins," "The Jungle Book," "The Aristocats," "Robin Hood" and "The Rescuers."

RIP, Ollie.

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