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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Credit where it's due...

A reader of this blog, Gregory Smith, made me aware of animator's character listings on Wikipedia, specifically "the articles "Les Clark", "Marc Davis", "Ollie Johnston", "Milt Kahl", "Ward Kimball", "Eric Larson", "John Lounsbery", "Wolfgang Reitherman" and "Frank Thomas (animator)"," as he wrote:

"I tried to correct some of the articles for the Nine Old Men animators by adding in characters not listed in the articles that they animated (such as Lounsbery doing one scene of Brom Bones) and also correcting some of the year dates (such as on the Lounsbery article it claims that "The Three Caballeros" (1944) and "So Dear to My Heart" (1948) came out in 1945 and 1949 respectfully when those are just the U.S. release date ("The Three Caballeros") and general release date ("So Dear to My Heart"). I think people need to know what characters they animated, even ones that no one really mentions like Frank Thomas doing a few scenes of the King of Hearts (such as when the Queen uses him as a shield to protect herself from the giant Alice) and the Cheshire Cat (trial scene) in "Alice in Wonderland" (1951) and a few scenes of Mr. Smee (such as when Hook tells him to get his case of hooks) in "Peter Pan" (1953) and Ollie Johnston doing a few scenes of Captain Hook (when Smee is shaving him and later accidently hits him with his hammer) in "Peter Pan". I tried to fix some of the information on the "John Lounsbery" article, but they reverted it."

Gregory made me aware that his additions to the character lists are based on the drafts on this blog. It seems that Wikipedia corrections and additions may not be easily made. Does anyone have experience with this?

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