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Willis Pyle

Illustrator

Disney Studios

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Disney Studios

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Employment History

Animator

CU Foundation


Affiliations

National Arts Club

Member of the Dutch Treat Club


Education

University of Colorado


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Obituary: Willis Pyle
Tags: Willis Pyle Animator Willis Pyle (b.1914) died on June 2. Pyle got his start as an office boy at Disney before working on Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Bambi.


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Willis Pyle, Animator of Disney Classics, Dead at 101
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Willis Pyle, Animator of Disney Classics, Dead at 101
TV Guide - Willis Pyle, Animator of Disney Classics, Dead at 101 - Entertainment - The Destin Log - Destin, FL Willis Pyle, Animator of Disney Classics, Dead at 101 Willis Pyle, an Oscar-winning animator who worked on classic Disney movies including Pinocchio, Bambi and Fantasia, has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 101. Pyle won a Best Animated Short Academy Award in 1951 for animating Gerald McBoing-Boing, an adaptation of a story by Dr. Seuss that is considered to be one of the greatest cartoons of all time. Pyle served in the Air Force's Motion Picture Unit during World War II. After the war, he was one of the lead animators on the first Mr. Magoo cartoons. Pyle was the brother of Denver Pyle, an actor best known for playing Uncle Jesse on The Dukes of Hazzard, and the nephew of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ernie Pyle.


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Willis Pyle | Disney, UPA Animator Willis Pyle Celebrates his 100th Birthday | No comments yet | Continue Reading → | img | August 28, 2014
Disney, UPA Animator Willis Pyle Celebrates his 100th Birthday | Animation Magazine Animation Magazine Willis Pyle Willis Pyle Celebrated Disney and UPA animator Willis Pyle's 100th birthday will be celebrated with a special private event Sept. 3 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. Born on a small farm in Kansas, Pyle attended the University of Colorado and after entering a Disney cartoon competition, began his career in the business working as a general help in the animation studio while attending the Disney art school. He worked at the Walt Disney Studios from 1937 to 1943, where his first production was working on Pinocchio. His next assignment was working on the Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony chapter of Fantasia and later was involved in the creation of the young Bambi. Pyle is still an avid and prolific artist. He started painting at age 68 and for more than 20 years has exhibited at Manhattan's Montserrat Contemporary Art Gallery. Willis Pyle and Eric Goldberg Willis Pyle and Eric Goldberg Tags:Bambi, Bill Melendez, Charlie Brown, Disney, Fantasia, Gerald McBoing Boing, Montserrat Contemporary Art Gallery, Mr. Magoo, Pinocchio, Raggedy Ann & Andy, Richard Williams, University of Colorado, UPA, UPA Studios, Walt Disney Studios, Willis Pyle


The man who shaped Pinocchio | Coloradan magazine

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Willis Pyle (A&S'37)
Willis Pyle (A&S'37) reflects on his decades working for Walt Disney creating some of America's beloved childhood characters. While walking to art class at Boulder in 1937, Willis Pyle (A&S'37) saw a poster from the Walt Disney studio seeking animators for his fledgling operation in Hollywood. Pyle, a senior who was art editor of the university's satirical Colorado Dodo, and an advertising illustrator for Gano-Downs clothing store in Denver, decided to mail his best work to Southern California. "A few weeks later, Walt offered me the job," Pyle recalls. "So I headed to Hollywood, found a room within walking distance of the studio and got to work." The Disney job, which included drawing animation for such classics as Pinocchio, Bambi and Fantasia, launched a storied career in the creative arts that continues to this day with Pyle, 96, showing oil paintings last winter in Manhattan. His recent show came 84 years after his first drawings were showcased in Cora's Restaurant in Bethune, Colo. Although Pyle has slowed a step - he stopped driving last year and gets around with the aid of a walker - he continues to draw and paint. He's still experimenting, too. At his exhibit opening at Manhattan's Montserrat Contemporary Art Gallery, Pyle created several drawings with black tape forming the outlines of horses or female nudes. Other works included post-Impressionist paintings of horses in motion - either on the racetrack or in the wild galloping across the Plains. "Willis has an amazing sense of shape and form," says Montse Coll, who owns the Montserrat Contemporary Art Gallery that has exhibited Pyle's paintings for 20 years. Pyle maintains his delight for New York culture, classic cars and the cool spring breezes in the Hamptons on Long Island's south shore. He's a member of the Dutch Treat Club, an invitation-only social group that meets weekly at the National Art Club in Manhattan's Gramercy Park to discuss the latest sensation on Broadway and enjoy performances by emerging artists. He keeps a brown 1972 Mercedes sedan in the Hamptons where he stays in the spring and fall. When at his home in Seal Beach in Southern California, he tools around on special occasions in a 1969 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. "I love the shape of it, and it still looks like new," says Pyle, whose brother, Denver Pyle (A&S'42), played Uncle Jesse in The Dukes of Hazzard, which originally aired on the CBS television network from 1979 to 1985. His sister, Farrel "Skippy" Lorayne Pyle (Edu'35), also studied in Boulder. "I'll go on trips with the Rolls Royce Club, as 50 or 60 of us will go for breakfast at Tiffany's or a picnic at Santa Anita Park. They'll let us park in the middle of the track, and we watch the horses race around us." While at the Disney studio, Pyle was best known for drawing Pinocchio, the wooden puppet brought to life by a fairy. Over and over again he'd draw the character - with movement, a different facial expression or in relation to other characters. It took 12 drawings to make Pinocchio walk. Pyle would do the pencil drawing, then send it to the women in the inking and painting department to be enhanced. "The character had to act - raise its eyebrows, turn and jump and react to other characters," Pyle says. "And the way you could do it was by looking at yourself in a mirror to see what that expression looked like." When World War II erupted, Pyle joined the U.S. Army Air Force First Motion Picture Unit in Culver City, Calif. Early sketches by Willis Pyle (A&S'37) for the first Mr. Magoo film, Ragtime Bear (1949), aka Strike Up the Banjo Early sketches by Willis Pyle (A&S'37) for the first Mr. Magoo film, Ragtime Bear (1949), aka Strike Up the Banjo Pinocchio sketch by Willis Pyle (A&S'37) Pinocchio sketch by Willis Pyle (A&S'37) Portrait of Henri Matisse by Willis Pyle (A&S'37) Portrait of Henri Matisse by Willis Pyle (A&S'37)


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