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Grim Natwick’s Scrapbook


No one animator’s career covered the history of animation, with so many important cultural touchstones, as Grim Natwick. His work spanned the entire 20th Century, influencing and contributing to all the important studios, characters and films. When he died at age 100 (in 1990), Steve Worth was given the task of organizing the hundreds of pieces of animation artwork he had personally saved from his career. Worth is currently in charge of ASIFA-Hollywood’s Animation Archive and has now curated an amazing exhibit culled from this material. He has also created an on-line exhibit catalog, with much of the art and commentary outlining Natwick’s life story.

But nothing compares to seeing this artwork in person. It will be on display at the ASIFA-Hollywood space on Burbank Blvd. for the rest of the year. I highly recommend you check this out if you are in the area.

An Exhibit Presented By The ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive
2114 W Burbank Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506
Now Showing, Tuesday through Friday 1pm to 9pm

  • I went to the archive to check it out, and the artwork is really stunning. His inking style is magnificent. There are gag drawings from when he was working at UPA that are pretty funny. There’s a Chuck Jones carciature of Natwick. And tons more cool stuff! Overall, it’s awe-inspiring to see an artist with such a flair for so many styles.

    And as always, Steve himself was also nice enough to give me a personal tour packed with interesting information and insight. Thanks Steve!

  • I love that early Snow White concept drawing.

  • Grim was a master! I especially love his Woody drawing from “Solid Ivory”.

  • Matt Crowther

    My father, Duane Crowther (a great animator in his own right) was a good friend of Grim’s for many many years. I wish I still lived in California so I could visit this exhibit in person.

  • Hey Matt. I remember meeting Grim at your father’s studio, Duck Soup back in 1974 when I was fourteen. I’d like to re-examine Grim’s work at this exhibition to put things into perspective… amazing peeks so far.

  • The last two segments of the series are now online. You can find a new index of all of the articles on Grim too.