Disney’s Nine Old Men: A History of the Animators Who Defined Disney Animation
by Fergus Mason
Today the Walt Disney Company is a huge media conglomerate with a whole range of interests, taking in music labels, cable and network TV, publishing, merchandising and a chain of theme parks in multiple countries. However it remains best known for its animated films.
Starting in 1927, but mostly between 1933 and the beginning of 1935, Disney hired nine young men to work as animation artists. The