Pooh, a bear of very little brain, and all his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood sing their way through adventures that encompass honey, bees, bouncing, balloons, Eeyore’s birthday, floods, and Pooh sticks. —IMDb
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
Wolfgang “Woolie” Reitherman once described himself as “full of life and ginger” and his animation as having “vitality and … quality.” Indeed, Woolie’s boundless energy and personality spilled over into his animation. With an unusual knack for action sequences, Woolie animated such memorable sequences as the dramatic dinosaur battle in “Fantasia,” the climactic whale-chase scene in “Pinocchio,” and the fire-breathing clash between Prince Phillip and the Dragon in “Sleeping Beauty.”
Born in Munich, Germany on June 26, 1909, Woolie came to the U.S. as an infant and was raised in Sierra Madre, California. Fascinated with airplanes and flying, he attended Pasadena Junior College with the intent of becoming an aircraft engineer and later, took a job at Douglas Aircraft. In 1931, Woolie changed his course of flight, however, when he decided to become an artist and enrolled at Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles to study watercolor. While there, he met an instructor who taught classes… read more
It's sooooooo cute, and one of the few movies in which 4th wall jokes actually work, but mainly is cuuuuuuute