Young and Attractive

Boy, it’s good to be young, attractive and working in the animation business. The world is full of promise the possibilities look endless. Heck! When you’re young you even look great. Not that all of us looked this good. This is Jane, and she’s something quite special. I’m delighted to have this marvelous photograph of my friend and colleague back when we were happy, young Disney animation artists.

Jane and I were both students at Art Center College of Design back in the fifties. As luck would have it, we both ended up at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank around the same time. Clearly, I was a dyed in the wool animation geek and I had no idea that Jane would have an interest in this rather goofy business of making cartoons. It’s a mistaken notion to regard woman as having zero to no interest in cartoon making. We had our fair share of attractive young women joining us in this odd, quirky business of animation.

It’s break time at the Walt Disney Studio and several attractive young women gathered in our F-Wing office. For some reason, men and women came together at break time to share a cup of coffee and chat about the goofy business we were in. Animation artists are often somewhat dorky but at least we had that much in common. I don’t think it would be a surprise if I told you a fair number of young men met their future wives this way.

It was 1956, and the Walt Disney Studio was on a hiring binge. More and more young artists were coming on board and F-wing was buzzing with young people eager to be in the business. I think the animation “old timers” down the hall regarded us as somewhat naive young kids having no idea what we were getting into. While the grizzled veterans worked away at their drawing boards we were busily having the time of our lives. We were in the cartoon business and working at the greatest animation studio in the world. What the heck! Could life possibly be any better?

I never thought Jane had any interest in the cartoon business. This amazing woman continues to astound me.

I never thought Jane had any interest in the cartoon business. This amazing woman continues to astound me.