MARK HENN, WINNER OF THE 2013 WINSOR MCCAY AWARD
Even if you do not know it, you are familiar with this man’s work. He is known as a princess animator as he was responsable for bringing to life Disney’s leading ladie’s since the Disney Renaissance, and so big names for that matter. Ariel, Jasmine, Belle, Tiana, Mulan and many others loved, yet not in this category, like young Simba, Bernard and Bianca (in the Rescuers Down Under), Olvider and Dodger (Oliver and Company), Basil and Dr. Dawson (The Great Mouse Detective), Grace, Rusty and Wesley, the leading cows from Home on the Range and recently Winnie the Pooh and Christoper Robin in 2011’s Winnie the Pooh.
His Disney legacy is pretty major, but not many people know he’s also an accomplished sculptor.
In recognition of his great talent and for career contributions to animation, along with two other collegues, received the Winsor McCay Award this past week-end, the night of the annual Annie Awards; which are basically the Oscasr of Animation, presented by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood. Walt himself won this award in 1975, and so did many of the Nine Old Men and members of the Disney Animation team over the years like Ward Kimball (1976), Milt Kahl (1977), Ub Iwerks (1978), Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas (1980) (God these were inseparable! It seems only logical they had to win the Award together), Ken Anderson (1982), Eric Larson (1983), Fred Moore (1983), Les Clark (1992), Mary Blair (1996), Eyvind Earle (1998), Andreas Deja (2006), Glen Keane (2007), Tim Burton (2009), and many others.
Honourable mention to Don Bluth who also won in 2004, but was not added to this list because he leftf the Disney family to start his own studio with some fellow animators in 1979, but was for sure deserving of the award, for he was responsible for many films we as Disney fans also adore and cherish from our childhood, likeAnastasia, An American Tale, Thumbellina, All Dogs Go to Heaven and We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story.
Congrats Mark Henn for being added to a list of remarkable names of animation through history, you definitely deserve it!