More schtuff from the boxes:
Here's a letter from Chuck Jones . I had written Chuck (that is , Mr. Jones) a thank-you letter for coming to talk to our class at Sheridan College in 1983 (Chuck says "yours was the only letter I received from my visit" ) He mentions that his book is in the works, so I must have asked if he was working on a book ... needless to say, I was absolutely thrilled to receive this letter from one of my animation heroes .
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Also from Sheridan College daze here is a photo of three
of my teachers : Zack Schwartz, Zlatko Grgic, and Kaj Pindal.
I learned a lot from all of them and only now , years later, appreciate how good I had it studying under these gentlemen and our other wonderful teachers like Dick Friesen, John Kratovil, Jim MacCauley, Wayne Gilbert, and Bill Speers. Of the three gentlemen pictured below only Kaj is still around today and still teaching at Sheridan from what I hear . Long may he wave !
Here's a picture of Kaj Pindal in his backyard Railroad (similar to Walt Disney's, Ollie Johnston's , and Ward Kimball's ... I think Ollie and Ward actually rode on Kaj's railroad, but Walt never got the opportunity ...)
After leaving Sheridan College I got a job in Ottawa, Ontario animating on "The Raccoons" television series . Here's a caricature of me from those days , by fellow animator Graham Falk .
Yes, I really did look like that in those days :
(this is me at the Atkinson Film Arts studio animating on
"The Raccoons" series in 1984)
Here's another of Graham Falk and me , by Graham Falk :
(That's Carolyn Gair in the mirror behind Nik, taking the photo.
Carolyn sat next to me in the next cubicle over.)
I left Ottawa in the early summer of '85 to take a job with Don Bluth working on "An American Tail" . The gang gave me a great going-away dinner send-off . Here's a photo from that send-off (at a Mexican restaurant in Ottawa of all places ... sending me off to Los Angeles !)
From back to foreground , starting on the right side of the table:
Norm Roen (partially obscured by Jamie) , Jamie Oliff, Glen Sylvester, Trish Stolte, Curtis Crawford, Drew Edwards.
From foreground on the left : Gloria Hsu , Graham Falk, Kathy Harker-Fiander (partially obscured by Graham) .
More of these photos from Ottawa to follow.
A gag drawing by Nik Ranieri and Dave Pruiksma made during "Pocahontas" at Disney's in 1994 :
Below are a couple of pages from the old Disney Animation employee newsletter "The Twilight Bark" . Dave Pruiksma had a column that ran in every issue of The Bark. This one is from around the time of the release of the live-action "The Flintsone's" movie . The drawings of various Disney Animation people as Flintstones-style characters are by Nik Ranieri.
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(caricatures of : Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg, Dave Pruiksma, Jim Pentecost, Tom Schumacher, Nik Ranieri.)
I'll just keep digging it up and posting it , so check back , folks...