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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Frank Thomas - born 100 years ago today

Thinking fondly of my old friend Frank - who would have been 100 today (where I am now), September 5th.

I would like to share a few things, remembering Frank.
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First, from the Disney Archives, a listing of all the productions that Frank is credited for. This sheet was sent to me in 1984, before Frank and Ollie came to Holland. (I am aware I posted this before).

Second, in my opinion very interesting, a letter sent by Frank to Peter Madsen during production of Valhalla, the film that had me move to Denmark. Valhalla was Peter's baby, he drew the comic strip and later directed the movie, which had its premiere 10/9/1986. We had lots of interesting things going on tracking the scenes, so to help, Frank sent his suggestions, as elaboration on the text in The Illusion of Life. Attached was an annotated copy of a draft page.
"It is the most important document that everyone uses to find out who is responsible for what, and when."

Remember this from an earlier posting?
See also this very early posting of mine. And this one.

Let's all raise our glass tonight to one of the greatest artists and actors, animation has ever seen!

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Anonymous Michael Sporn says...

What a wonderful animator he was. one of the few greats. I figured this out long after I knew what a brilliant person he was.

Thank you for another excellent post.

Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 4:46:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Rodney Baker says...

Hear! Hear!

Friday, September 7, 2012 at 6:36:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Snow White Archive says...

Happy birthday Frank. Cheers!

Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 5:17:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Snow White Archive says...

Three cheers for Frank!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 7:59:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous John V. says...

It's good to have the Frank Thomas filmography. I'm surprised to see he worked on "Victory Vehicles" and "In Dutch". I'll need to see if I can identify any of his scenes. :-)

Also surprised to see him credited with Orville for The Rescuers - on the draft he's only listed for one long shot of Orville, with the rest of the scenes by Ollie and his unit on the film.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 3:00:00 AM PDT  

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