There’s been a lot of talk this week about the closing of an attraction at Disney's Hollywood theme park called The Magic of Disney Animation.
That got me to thinking.
May I share my thoughts in the form of a zen moment?
Between 1976 and 2004 I made my living
As a film animator.
1976 to 2004.
That’s (let me see) 28 years!
If my arithmetic is correct.
You'd better double-check those figures.
(I’m an artist,
Not a mathematician.)
I animated by hand.
That is I drew each frame of film for a movie
(Up to twenty-four of them per second of screen time)
Using pencil and paper.
Oh, the things my pencil brought to cartoon life!
Mice, ducks, elephants, rabbits, lions, aliens, humans,
Horses, bears, goats, gorillas, goannas, gargoyles.
And other things that are harder to describe.
Like us all I started at the bottom.
There’s a saying in the animation business,
“It ain’t easy!”
And boy, did I learn the truth of that statement.
But with perseverance and some good luck,
(And my zen don’t forget)
I eventually rose up a little within my profession.
After many years of hard work I became
An overnight success.
I was hired to draw
For Walt Disney Feature Animation.
The Big Time at last.
There I got to work
(Or should I say play?)
With some famous cartoon movie stars.
Stars I’d loved as a child, such as
Winnie the Pooh.
And new stars I helped bring to life like
And plenty more,
But they’re the ones that come easily to mind.
And let’s not forget
All the wonderful people
I met in the business,
Both artists and management,
Who showed me the possibilities of cinematic animation art,
While mentoring me to my own higher artistic attainment,
As well as showing me personal kindnesses uncountable.
I love you!
I’m so glad we shared some time
Creating those wonderful movies together,
On our journey through this life into infinity!
28 Years of animation.
Fifteen of them at Disney.
It didn’t seem that long.
It went by like a flash.
It goes by a lot faster
If we enjoy it.
And it’s over in a flash.
So smile and be happy!
That’s what life is for.
Don’t waste it being a sourpuss!
Remember there is an endless supply of zen in the universe!
Plenty for everybody!
With zen on your side,
You’ve got nothing to worry about.
And Mr Disney,
You who advised that
Wishing upon a star
Might make our dreams come true,
If you’re listening wherever you are,
Thank you for the opportunity
I dedicate this zen moment
Who worked for
Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida
Between 1989 and 2004.
Your kindness is not forgotten
By a brash and reckless artist.
The cinematic moments you made
Have lasted a generation’s lifetime.