John Wilson

Birth: August 8, 1919
Death: ?

*Occupation/Title
*Animator, Director, Producer

*Bio Summary
*John Wilson is a renowned artist, animator, animation director, and producer. He has been drawing since he can remember. He landed his first job when a Durban painter saw his drawings. John has worked at many art studios such as Pinewood and Disney. Then, he opened up his own studio and created his own shorts with his staff, which proved to be a huge success.

*Early Life/Family
*John was called up to serve in World War II. Being injured, he had to stay in the hospital to recover. He started drawing while in bed to pass the time and some of them were published. In 1950, he, his wife and young son moved to the United States so he could work at Walt Disney Studios. He currently lives in Northwest England with his wife and six children.

*Education/Training
*John could never find a time when he did not have a pencil in one hand and a sketchpad in the other. John attended Watford Grammar and there Sir Robin Darwin taught him art. After he attended Harrow Art School, he also attended Royal College of Art.

*Career Outline
*First began working at a London art agency, and then went on to work in the art department at Pinewood Studios. Seeing a flyer-recruiting artists for a new British venture, he joined GBA at its headquarters where he worked under director David Hand. In 1950, he joined the Walt Disney Studios. Five years later, he found his own studio and has been creating many successful shorts.

*Comments On Style
*The style of John’s drawings range from very Disney-esque to extremely caricatured. When it comes to painting his cartoons, he does not seem to busy himself with creating a detailed, perfect rendering. Some contain just a few blocks of color while others are contain even more blocks of color.

*Influences
*Director David Hand, who worked on Snow Whit and Bambi, taught John Wilson the art of animation.

*Personality

*Anecdotes
*John Wilson was actually in the army for WWII but got seriously injured. While in bed recovering, he passed the time by drawing. Some of his works were published and a Durban painter noticed his works. The painter liked his drawings and offered him a job.

*Miscellaneous

*Filmography*
*Animation Department*
Le chateau des singes (1999)
The New Adventures of Madeline (1995)
The Seventh Brother (1995)
Hurricanes (1993)
Madeline (1993-1994)
Spacecats (1991)
Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars! (1991)
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1991)
The Little Wizards (1987)
You Gotta Serve Somebody (1983)
Stanley, the Ugly Duckling (1982)
The Private Eyes (1980)
Grease (1978)
Cos (1976)
Joys (1976)
Angie Baby (1976)
The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show (1974)
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1971-1974)
The Chocolate Princess (1974)
Both Sides Now (1972)
The Early Birds (1968)
Exploring (1964-1966)
The Peter Potamus Show (1964)
Congo Valiente (1961)
Tara the Stone Cutter (1955)
Pigs Is Pigs (1954)
Ginger Nutt's Christmas Circus (1949)
Ginger Nutt's Bee-Bother (1949)
The Ostrich (1949)
The Lion (Felis Leo) (1948)
The Cuckoo (1948)

*Honors
*John’s company made shorts called “Exploring” which won the prestigious Peabody Award. He also has seven Golden Eagle Awards for his work.

*Related Links*

*Bibliographic References*
http://www.fineartsfilms.com/history.html

Contributors To This Listing:
Joseph Tran

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