Animation History: Ollie Johnston

by laurnmacsween


I wanted to quickly share this documentary I found on the Disney animator Ollie Johnston. Johnston (1912 – 2005) was a member of Disney’s ‘Nine Old Men’ and the last to pass-away. He was known for his exuberant style and the intuitive emotion he added to scenes.


During the production of Sleeping Beauty, Ollie animated the three fairies Flora, Fauna and Merryweather. Here his fluid style of expressive animation lends itself to highlighting the characters of the three characters: Flora is the group’s leader and places a protective arm across her sisters, Fauna is the worrier and looks down upon Merryweather with a concerned expression and Merryweather is a feisty character and looks very upset.

Glen Keane, a colleague of Johnston‘s would later say of the animator:

What matters is your ability to really identify with the heart of your character whether it be a little girl or a big bear, [Johnston] crawled under their skin and became that character

Disney Family Album: Ollie Johnston


50 Most Influential Disney Animators: Ollie Johnstone