The animator John Hench died at the age of 95. Here is all you want to know, and more!
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Animator, storyboard artist, special effects artist, and art director who worked for The Walt Disney Company for six decades. He was Mickey Mouse’s official portrait artist and was responsible for the mouse’s official 25th, 50th, 60th, 70th, and 75th birthday portraits.
He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and married his wife, Lowry, in 1937. He not only worked for Walt Disney, but also resembled Disney so much that he was often mistaken for him.
Hench died of heart failure in February 2004 after a brief hospitalization in Burbank, California. His name tag and 65-year service award are displayed in the Imagineering building lobby, with tributes by Imagineers lining its hallways. He is survived by his wife, Lowry.
We finally found out the technique of separating and getting information about where every train would be at any moment. Of course, I went over budget many times, because – as you go along – some things improved, and you get better ideas.
Walt understood all of those things, and even common things about people. For instance: Usually you get your idea of what kind of day it is by looking at the horizon, because the horizon is your eye level. So what Walt did is to eliminate the horizon.
I don’t think that was too successful. Because I always thought that the two of them should have been more separate. Also I had planned the monorail station to be in the center. So that one day you would have go to World Showcase and then the other day to Future World.
In live action movies, you just hope that everything works. Because the actor may had a bad morning and doesn’t play good, or accidents happen continuously. Many things contradict what you are trying to say. But in cartoons, nothing contradict what you want to say.
We’ve achieved this feeling, for instance, with the colors. The colors in the park are harmonious with each other, not like in big cities where they don’t.