Friday, February 05, 2010

Ink and Paint

Patricia Zohn writes about the women of ink and paint during Disney's golden age over at Vanity Fair.
Much has been written about the prodigiously talented men who brought Snow White, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, and Dumbo to the screen. But if behind every good man stands a good woman, behind Walt Disney and his “boys”—the all-male assembly line—once stood 100. Walt was the impresario of a troop of young women, most under 25—a casting director’s dream of all-American acolytes—who made the screen light up, not with feathered swan dives or the perfect tip-tap of a patent-leather heel, but by making water shimmer or a tail wag just so. It was a job complicated by his unrelenting perfectionism—Jiminy Cricket required 27 different colors—but reducible to a simple imperative of the time: ever nimble but never showy, their job was to make what the men did look good.
The article includes original interview material with some of the women, one of whom was Zohn's aunt.

(link via Mark Evanier.)


Michael Sporn said...

The article is just exceptional, Mark. Thanks for directing me to it.

Floyd Norman said...

That was a terrific article. Especially since I had already met many of the people spoken about in the piece.

What a glorious time to be in the animation business. I couldn't help but envy them.

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