John Lounsbery had his own special way of looking at things, according to his fellow animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston. In their book Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life, they wrote that no matter how bad a situation might be, John could always make “some funny observation to lighten the situation.”
And while shy by nature, John’s animated characters were anything but. Thomas and Johnston wrote, “Hardly subtle, John’s characters were always fun to watch.”
In fact, John once said that one of his all-time favorite characters, which he animated, was the bold and unabashed Ben Ali, the dancing alligator, who starred in the “Dance of the Hours” sequence of “Fantasia.” Other memorable characters he animated include, the “less-than” Honest John in “Pinocchio,” faithful Timothy the mouse in “Dumbo” and the ever-so-jolly Tony the cook in “Lady and the Tramp,” to name just a few.
The youngest of three sons, John was born March 9, 1911, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and… read more