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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Somebody Else...

Another thought by Børge Ring:

A number of renowned persons in American animation originally set out to become something quite different. Here are some of them:

Walt Disney (director of live action)
Art Babbitt (headshrink)
Joe Barbera (playwright)
Ham Luske (engineer)
Shamus Culhane (archeologist)
Woolie Reitherman (aviator)
Bill Littlejohn (aviator)
Ward Kimball (magazine illustrator)
Eric Larson (writer)
John Canemaker (actor)
Marc Davis (fine arts painter)
Richard Williams (jazz trumpeter)

Of these, Joe Barbera, Bill Littlejohn, Woolie Reitherman, Marc Davis and Richard Williams managed (to varying degrees) to reach both goals.

Some of you probably know of many more;
A select few may have wanted to become jailers or dentists...

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Anonymous Thad says...

Interesting list!

I think it was John Gentilella (the greatest Popeye animator) always said that he'd rather be an animator than a toilet cleaner.

Friday, October 26, 2007 at 6:14:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous David says...

"I think it was John Gentilella always said that he'd rather be an animator than a toilet cleaner."

AMen, Br. Gent . Words to live by .

Saturday, October 27, 2007 at 4:05:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Robert says...

I read Culhane's autobiography. I don't recall much about archaeology but he did mention originally pursuing music. I think he played the violin.

Saturday, November 17, 2007 at 3:04:00 PM PST  

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