This blog not only showcases the production art of animated films, but the personal work of the artists behind the magic.

Frank Thomas

(September 5, 1912-September 8, 2004)

The mind behind one of the most iconic scenes in animation history, the Spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp, Frank Thomas will forever be remembered as one of the greatest animators of his time. Born in Fresno, he attended Stanford University where his met Ollie Johnston and the two became fast friends. After graduation, they both attended the Chouinard Art Institute before joining the Walt Disney Studio in 1934. Over his near 45 year career there, excluding the three years where he was enlisted in the US Air Force, Frank worked on some of the most memorable heroes and villains before retiring in 1978. After that, he co-authored the book 'The Illusion of Life' with Ollie Johnstonwhich was published in 1981. Outside of animation, Frank was the pianist of the jazz band ‘Firehouse Five Plus Two’, which was made up entirely by members of the Disney Animation department. Thomas passed away in 2004 at the age of 92. 

Characters

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Dwarfs
  • Pinocchio: Pinocchio
  • Bambi: Young Bambi, Butterfly, Thumper, skunk, Faline and Bambi’s Mother
  • The Three Caballeros: The Flying Gaucho
  • Melody Time: Johnny Appleseed
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad: Mr. Toad, Rat, Mole, Cyril, Ichabod Crane in the woods
  • Cinderella: Stepmother, Duke
  • Alice in Wonderland: Queen of Hearts, Doorknob
  • Peter Pan: Capitan Hook
  • Lady and the Tramp: Jock, Tramp and Lady ‘Spaghetti’
  • Sleeping Beauty: Three Good Fairies
  • 101 Dalmatians: Pongo, Perdita, Puppies
  • Sword and the Stone: Squirrels, Madam Mim, Wizard’s Duel
  • Mary Poppins: Penguins as Dancers
  • The Jungle Book: Mowgli, Kaa, Baloo, King Louie
  • The Aristocats: O’Malley, Duchess, Geese, Napoleon, Lafayette, Butler
  • Robin Hood: Robin Hood as Stork, Maid Marian, Bunnies, Toby, Sheriff
  • The Rescuers: Bernard, Bianca, Crocodiles, Chairman, Ellie Mae, Luke, Orville
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Pooh, Piglet
  • The Fox and the Hound: Young Tod, Young Copper
Interviews
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