An Introductory Letter
My name is Grayson Ponti and I’m a high school student who plans on pursuing a career in character animation. I feel honored to be able to through this blog give respect, acknowledgement, and gratitude to 50 of the greatest artists in the greatest studio in the history of animation. Since the age of 10 years old I’ve wanted to write about great animators past and present. Since that time I’ve read countless books, studied an endless number of scenes, written to many talented people, and last but not least worked very hard on drawing, art, creativity, and the other skills that are essential into developing into an animator. Through my research I’ve found that sadly many animators have not received the respect and acclaim they deserve even inside the animation industry. Too many times have I seen an artist be heavily favored over someone who is just as talented but in a different way. There is no such thing as a “best” animator but only a few dedicated people can go past just moving something or drawing it well but do what animation is set out to do: communicate. The ones who achieve this feel for their characters, understand their personalities, and express this through their own style and technique. I’ve ranked who in my opinion are the 50 most influential animators in Disney history and will do a post on each one in order from bottom to top over the next year. I’m going to do my best to keep my posts different than from what is normal animator information fare. Instead of going through their career and giving out information, I’m going to really analyze their style and impact as well as what I think is inspiring about each one of their careers and how you can learn from it. To demonstrate this I’ll post one original drawing by me with each post that is inspired by what inspires me about the particular animator. It’s important to not copy from the past but to take knowledge and inspiration from it. I hope you enjoy my blog and please leave a comment on each post you have an opinion or story about.