Take a look: Animators Bill Tytla and Milt Kahl

Melissa Starker, Creative Content & PR Manager

Oct 08, 2018

Promotional image for Pinocchio, courtesy of Disney Studios

Animator, author, historian, and 2016 Artist Residency Award winner John Canemaker is coming back to the Wex on October 18 to regale movie lovers with fascinating facts from animation's past. The focus of his discussion this time is Vladimir "Bill" Tytla and Milt Kahl, two legendary artists at Walt Disney's studio who worked on the 1940 classic, Pinocchio. The talk will be followed by a screening of the film.

Canemaker has called Vladimir Tytla "animation’s Michelangelo," because of his muscular style, also featured in works such as the "Night on Bald Mountain" sequence in Fantasia, and Kahl's been credited with visually shaping Pinocchio to be a character that's less wooden and more like a real boy. As a teaser for Canemaker's talk, we found some highlights of each artist's work—including pencil tests of their characters in Pinocchio and The Jungle Book, respectively—and a short video tribute to Kahl that includes praise from one of his most famous acolytes, director Brad Bird (The Incredibles films, Ratatouille, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol). John will have much more to share on the 18th.