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Grim Natwick Memorial Marker

As mentioned here last week, this past weekend the fine folks of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, held an event to dedicate a Historical Marker honoring veteran animator and native son Grim Natwick, who passed away twenty years ago at the age of 100. The event was attended by Natwick relatives still living in Wisconsin Rapids. Our friend Maggie Thompson took this picture of the Marker:

  • Rooniman

    A great way to remember a legend.

  • Shannon

    He led a very interesting life!

  • Brian O.

    Hooray for Wisconsin Rapids and the Natwick family!

  • Norman

    Mildred Natwick was Grim’s first cousin? Who knew?

  • top cat james

    And today marks the 80th anniversary of the premiere of “Dizzy Dishes”, Betty Boop’s debut. Good timing, Jerry.

  • hm weird, could be related…

  • It’s also close to Grim’s 120th birthday. I was in Wisconsin Rapids for the event, and it was amazing to see the whole city celebrate Grim’s achievements. Almost every shop window had a poster of Betty, and at the Museum, where I was speaking, everyone was interested and asked great questions. The local historians have been working on putting together a chronology of his early life. I learned a lot that I didn’t know.

  • jean morel

    i attended Grim´s 100th birthday party at the sportsman´s lodge in studio city,it was organized by Tom Sito,a great event.
    some of the greats were there,Chuck Jones,Art Babbitt ect..and the voice of Betty Boop!

  • Wow! I grew up in Wisconsin Rapids (about 3 blocks from that museum and have actually been inside as a (younger) kid!) and never knew that Grim went there! I also went to Lincoln High and everything! Now that I’m in LA pursuing an animation career, it’s pretty inspiring to know more about his bkg! The world just got a little smaller :)

    (link for museum):

  • Interesting that Grim Natwick, Frank King (“Gasoline Alley”) and Clare Briggs (“When a Feller Needs a Friend”), pioneering legends of cartooning and animation, hailed from roughly the same part of the Badger State: Grim of Wisconsin Rapids, Frank born in Cashton, raised in Tomah, and Clare born in Reedsburg.

  • Andyman

    Very nice! I hope to visit someday.

  • GhaleonQ

    I’m at college away from Wisconsin Rapids, too, but my parents said that it was a total success. People tend not to have too much city pride, but they’re already planning another for the not-too-distant future. Thanks for the publicity, guys!

  • Woodrow

    As a Wisconsinite in a nearby small town, it was great to be able to participate in an event celebrating animation. Glad to hear that it was a success. I really enjoyed the art displays and the story telling of Stephen Worth. Also had a chance to see Sita Sings the Blues on the semi-big screen with Nina Paley’s Q and A. What a treat.