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Monday, June 29, 2009

Lawrence Tibbett by Ham Luske

In Wikipedia, we find that «Lawrence Mervil Tibbett (1896-1960) was an American opera singer, movie actor, radio personality and recording artist. He sang with the New York Metropolitan Opera from 1923 to 1950. He performed roles ranging from Iago in Otello to Captain Hook in Peter Pan. As a baritone, Tibbett is acknowledged as one of the greatest opera singers produced by the United States, and one of the finest male voices of the past 100 years.»

Ham Luske (1903-1968) started working for Walt Disney in 1931, and soon became one of Walt's key animators, alongside Norm Ferguson and Fred Moore. He animated Max Hare in the 1935 short "The Tortoise and the Hare," and Jenny Wren in "Who Killed Cock Robin?" He also served as supervising co-director on "Pinocchio" and sequence director on "Fantasia," "Cinderella," "Alice in Wonderland," "Peter Pan," "Lady and the Tramp," "101 Dalmatians" and the cartoon sequences featured in "Mary Poppins." Later he directed TV programs for Walt Disney Productions.

Ham drew this cartoon of Lawrence Tibbett in the early 1930s....
Lawrence Tibbett by Ham Luske<< Click to enlarge!

[Of course, Ham also was crucially important on Snow White, where he shared the title character with Grim Natwick.
I also have a stack of cleanups from his animation on Broken Toys, with half of the drawings initialled MK as in Milt Kahl, the other half OJ as in Ollie Johnston...]



Anonymous Christopher James Doyle says...

Hi Hans,
You omitted Luske's greatest claim to fame possibly with his animation of Snow White.


Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 1:46:00 PM PDT  

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