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.