Phillip Young Dies, Legendary Disney Animator Was 79

Mrs. Potts, Mufasa, Quasimodo, and Cuzco. These are just a few of the characters Disney animators Philip Young helped bring it to life. On June 2, Animation magazine reported his death from cancer at the age of 79. Young began his career by enlisting in the US Army, where he served as an Army Artist, his first paying job for his work. With his earnings, Young invested in college and ended up with a bachelor’s degree in illustration. This gave him the necessary training to start a career in animation.

Young began working for Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1977, studying under such famous Nine Old Men as Ward Kimball, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Eric Larson, and Mark Davis. His first credited work for the studio was wolf and hound. In an interview with FlipAnimation.com in 2013, he said, “Frank and Ollie, along with Erik Larsen, were on the review board at the time I was hired in 1977. They took a chance on me, because I was whole. It was kind of new. animation, and was thrown into the pool of young graduates of Cal Arts who were about three months before me.”

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He continued his animation career, working in the 80s and 90s and earning seventeen screen credits, many of which you probably know. after wolf and hound, Young will work in such films black skillethandjob The Great Mouse Detective, and oliver and company. He also contributed to several films in what is now known as the beloved Disney Renaissance era. These films include the little Mermaidhandjob beauty and the Beast (where he animated Mrs. Potts and Chip), aladdin (where he animated many of the sultan’s defenders). He then contributed to Mufasa The Lion King and Quasimodo Inn notre dame hump. then he will work on it Mulanhandjob tarzan, and Rhapsody in the Blue segment Fantasia 2000.

In the early 2000s, Young’s career began to take a backseat as Disney drew attention from its 2D animation facilities. He will contribute to Disney The Emperor’s New Groove, bringing Cuzco to life in human and llama form. He would also work on projects from other studios such as DreamWorks. Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas and Warner Bros. Looney Tunes: Back in Action. His final feature film contribution would be at Disney. home on the Range, released in 2004.

As well as features, Young would contribute to short films such as Disney the Prince and the Pauper, released in 1990. He also contributed to the short how to haunt a house, released in 1999. As for commercial operations, Young Duck Soup is independent for productions. He also co-authored the textbook Maya 6. Exploring 3D Animations with With Patricia Beckman.

After his retirement from Disney, Young focused on teaching the next generation of artists. He was hired by the Savannah Georgia College of Art and Design as an animation professor. While teaching, he earned a master’s degree in sequential arts. His career took him next to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he began teaching at Southwest University of Visual Arts. He began teaching in animation as well as fine arts and illustration. It was here that he rekindled his love of painting. He was especially fond of natural paintings.

When asked about his favorite work in an interview with FlipAnimation.com in 2013. Young replied, “…My best character assignment was Mufasa. The Lion King. I was lucky that I got a really strong character to work with, had the best voice talent to animate, and Tony Fusil had a great lead animator on the project. He was extremely generous with the scenes he gave me, and finally gave me scenes in which I could show some glimpses of acting. Up until this picture, I was mainly cast on physical, action sequences. On The Lion King, I got a lot of them, animating the many scenes of Mufasa’s struggle to the death in Wildebeest Rampage, but also some real “plums” in Mufasa’s sequence and a little Simba in some father/son interactions.

Animation is a medium that is constantly evolving and changing rapidly. Philip Young was one of those industry people who had seen this happen throughout his career. From being trained by the masters who brought the Golden and Silver Ages to Disney, to contributing to the Dark and Renaissance Ages, to guiding future professionals in the industry; Young’s work and contribution to the medium will never be forgotten. This news was first reported on art-presence.org.

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