Moe Gollub was a mid-Westerner with a gift for drawing.
In 1937 he submitted artwork to Walt Disney Productions, was accepted for employment, and boarded a train for Los Angeles.
For the next four years he studied and designed for Walt Disney Productions, leaving the company and a promising Disney career when he became a leader of the 1941 strike...and therefore became somewhat disliked by Disney management.
Simpsons director Mark Kirkland reminisces about his mentor Moe Gollub in the first of a four-part interview.
Mark and Moe first met at Cal Arts in the middle seventies, where Mark was a student and Mr. Gollub was a new animation instructor brought in by Jules Engel.
A few years later, Mark found himself working as Moe's assistant at Hanna-Barbera (but Mark will get into all that a little later...)
Hit the Play button on the widget below to listen to part 1 of the interview, or click on this link to download it.TOP: Moe Gollub, mid-1970s, by Dave Tendlar. Courtesy of the Tendlar family, from Drawing The Line: The Untold Story of the Animation Unions from Bosko to Bart Simpson by Tom Sito. BELOW: Early model sheets for Bambi by Moe Gollub. (copyright Walt Disney Productions.)
Moe worked on "Bambi" from 1938 until the Disney strike in 1941. He told Mark Kirkland he was the first artist on the feature, and we've no reason to doubt it. His early design for "The Skunk" (above) was way before the fragrant little animal became "Flower."