On Monday, Jeffrey Katzenberg became just the second animation figure, after Disney animator Ollie Johnston, to receive the National Medal of Arts, the highest award bestowed upon artists and arts patrons by the United States government.
It’s hard to think of an individual who has contributed more to
Barack Obama the development of the animation art form than our man Jeffrey. Here’s the moment of coronation:
Obama and Katzenberg’s body language in the following clip is particularly fascinating to watch:
If you want to watch the whole video, go here (Jeffrey’s part starts around the 9-minute mark).