Sunday, December 17, 2017

Who was Disney's 10th Old Man?

Disney fans know about the 9 Old Men. The 9 famous animators that kept Disney together from the 1930s through the 1960s. They kept animation alive and passed the knowledge on. Animators like Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Milt Kahl, Marc Davis and Ward Kimbal.

One guy that was there just as long but rarely got the recognition was Bill Peet. He was a Story Man (storyboard artist) and was instrumental in a lot of the classic films. His personal style was really visible in movies like Sword in the Stone and Jungle Book.

Feeling unappreciated at Disney – Peet wrote and illustrated an amazing autobiography about his time at Disney that is not always flattering. Finally in the 1960s he left Disney to write and draw his own books. A contemporary of folks like Dr. Seuss, Peet created more than 20 outstanding kids books with classic disney storyboard style. Not all, but many were written in rhyme; and are a fun read for both animation fans as well as kids.

Students working on short films will find these a treasure trove of inspiration, both for story telling as well as the fantastic art.

Recently, we at Labyrinth have uncovered a secret stash of old Bill Peet books while organizing for the art sale. Stop in and have a look. They start at $9 and you can even get some for FREE. The Autobiography is also available at a great price.

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Buy 3 Bill Peet storybooks - get the 4th FREE.