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Ollie Johnston (1912–2008)

Ollie Johnston was born on October 31, 1912 in Palo Alto, California, USA as Oliver Martin Johnston Jr. He is known for his work on Mary Poppins (1964), The Jungle Book (1967) and Alice in Wonderland (1951). He was married to Marie E. Johnston. He died on April 14, 2008 in Sequim, Washington, USA. See full bio »

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 1984 DTV: Golden Oldies (Video) (animator)
 1984 DTV: Pop & Rock (Video) (animator)
 1981 The Fox and the Hound (supervising animator)
 1977 The Rescuers (directing animator)
 1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (animator: "Winnie the Pooh", "Piglet")
 1975 The Madcap Adventures of Mr. Toad (Short) (animator)
 1974 Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (Short) (directing animator: "Winnie The Pooh" and "Piglet")
 1973 Robin Hood (directing animator)
 1970 The AristoCats (directing animator)
 1968 Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (Short) (directing animator: "Winnie The Pooh" and "Piglet")
 1967 The Jungle Book (directing animator)
 1964 Mary Poppins (animator)
 1956-1964 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series) (animator - 8 episodes)
- In Shape with Von Drake (1964) ... (animator)
- Inside Donald Duck (1961) ... (animator)
- An Adventure in Color/Mathmagic Land (1961) ... (animator)
- Four Fabulous Characters (1957) ... (animator)
- The Fourth Anniversary Show (1957) ... (animator - segment "Peter and the Wolf", archive footage)
 1963 The Sword in the Stone (directing animator)
 1961 101 Dalmatians (directing animator: "Perdita")
 1959 Sleeping Beauty (directing animator)
 1955 Lady and the Tramp (directing animator)
 1953 Ben and Me (Short) (animator: "Ben")
 1953 Peter Pan (directing animator)
 1952 Susie the Little Blue Coupe (Short) (animator)
 1951 Alice in Wonderland (directing animator) / (directing animator: "Alice" and "King of Hearts" - uncredited)
 1950 Cinderella (directing animator)
 1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (directing animator)
 1949 The Wind in the Willows (Short) (character animator)
 1949 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Short) (animator)
 1948 Little Toot (Short) (animator)
 1948 Melody Time (directing animator)
 1948 The Legend of Johnny Appleseed (Short) (animator)
 1947 Fun & Fancy Free (animator - uncredited)
 1946 Song of the South (directing animator: "Br'er Rabbit", "Br'er Bear" and "Br'er Fox": Br'er Rabbit Runs Away)
 1946 Casey at the Bat (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1946 Peter and the Wolf (Short) (animator)
 1946 Make Mine Music (animator)
 1945 The Flying Gauchito (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1944 The Three Caballeros (animator)
 1944 The Pelican and the Snipe (Short) (animator)
 1943 Chicken Little (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1943 Reason and Emotion (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1943 Victory Through Air Power (Documentary) (animator - as Oliver M. Johnston Jr.)
 1942 How to Play Baseball (Short) (animator: "Goofy")
 1942 Bambi (supervising animator - as Oliver M. Johnston Jr.)
 1940 Fantasia (animation supervisor - segment "The Pastoral Symphony", as Oliver M. Johnston Jr.)
 1940 Pinocchio (animator - as Oliver M. Johnston)
 1939 The Pointer (Short) (animator: "Mickey looking for Bear" - uncredited)
 1939 The Practical Pig (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1939 Mickey's Surprise Party (Short) (animator: "Mickey" and "Minnie" - uncredited)
 1938 Brave Little Tailor (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (assistant animator - uncredited)
 1937 Little Hiawatha (Short) (assistant animator - uncredited)
 1936 More Kittens (Short) (assistant animator - uncredited)
 1936 Mickey's Rival (Short) (inbetween artist - uncredited)
 1935 Mickey's Garden (Short) (inbetween artist - uncredited)
 1934 Two-Gun Mickey (Short) (inbetween animator - uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Co-author of five books with animator Frank Thomas: See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 2 Interviews | 4 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Oliver M. Johnston Jr. | Oliver M. Johnston | Oliver Johnston

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Personal Quote:

(explaining why he decided to go into animation instead of magazine illustration) I wanted to paint pictures full of emotion that would make people want to read the [magazine] stories. But I found that here [animation] was something that was full of life and movement and action, and it showed all those feelings.


After retiring in 1978, he spoke at schools and film festivals in the US and Europe. He also wrote books about Disney's classic films and the animation process. See more »


Often animated female characters or young children

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