Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Tim Walker Chat -- Part II

We continue with our interview of Mr. Walker ...

TAG Interview with Tim Walker

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A few years ago, Tim was diagnosed with MS, which affected his right side ... and drawing/writing hand.

Tim has trained himself to draw and write with his left hand, and continues working. The picture above is the product of his retrained left hand.

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Anonymous said...


Thank you so much for doing these audio interviews. Really enjoying listening to these artists discussing their careers in animation. I think it's very important and appropriate that these interviews are being collected and preserved by The Animation Guild. Good work !

I like that you're featuring contemporary (still working) artists, but as I was listening to Tim Walker talk about his early days in the biz working with animators like Amby Paliwoda , Ray Patterson, and Ed Aardal it reminds me of how many of these Golden Age artists' careers were never properly documented. May I also suggest that you interview some of our last living links to the first "Golden Age" of animation, such as Don Lusk and Blaine Gibson. (I'm sure there are others , but those are two I can think of off the top of my head)

According to this blog post from October 2010 :

Don Lusk (age 97) is described as "in good shape" and still living in the Los Angeles area. I'm not totally sure where Blaine Gibson (age 92) is living now, but I think maybe he lives in the L.A. area.

Another animator I can think of who is around from those days is Willis Pyle (age 96) , who according to John Canemaker's blog from Sept. of 2010 continues to maintain a residence part of the year in L.A.

Too many of these remarkable artists who spent most of their animation careers in relative anonymity have passed on over the years without having their memories of working in the biz preserved.

Steve Hulett said...

You're right. I should get to these guys before they pass on.

Hope to do lots more interviews in coming years.

Floyd Norman said...

Well done, Steve. Thanks, Mr. Walker for loving animation as much as I do. You are correct sir. We lived the dream.

By the way, I see Blaine Gibson from time to time. He lives up in the Santa Barbara area.

Steve Kaplan said...

Floyd -

Can you pass along one of our email addresses? We'd love to talk with him.

Floyd Norman said...

Sure, Steve. Will Do.


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