August 19, 2019

RIP Richard Williams

 Richard Williams ascended into the constellation of animation masters long ago, and his star will shine forever.  His passing got me thinking though... He was known for being uncompromising, insistent on achieving his own unique vision in his projects.  He gave us true marvels, but one might argue, what more could he have created had he bent a little?  Been more of a company man?  Could he have classed up the industry a bit, or would it just have cheapened his artistry?  I don't have the answer, but it's something to think about.

2 comments:

Tony Claar, ClaarToons Animation Studio said...

Richard was a genius, a pro animator as dedicated to his craft as anyone ever, and was a really sweet man ( I met and spoke with him several times; in Vancouver & San Francisco). His work was always brilliant. One of the lessons he taught us was not in the Animator's Survival Kit. That is, ambition can be a trap. He wanted to make "the greatest animated movie ever". However, he never did finish it. The Beatles had a limit to all their marvelous experimentation...their producer steadfastly held them to deadlines to finish and release the next LP. Thus, they finished one great LP after another. Richard never finished The Thief.... That is a great lesson to all us animators. Let go of over-rated perfectionism & finish your damn film. Show it in all its'imperfections. That's what we want anyway.
Thanks, Richard ( sincerely). You helped us in many, many ways. Tony Claar

Tony Claar, ClaarToons Animation Studio said...

Richard was a genius, a pro animator as dedicated to his craft as anyone ever, and was a really sweet man ( I met and spoke with him several times; in Vancouver & San Francisco). His work was always brilliant. One of the lessons he taught us was not in the Animator's Survival Kit. That is, ambition can be a trap. He wanted to make "the greatest animated movie ever". However, he never did finish it. The Beatles had a limit to all their marvelous experimentation...their producer steadfastly held them to deadlines to finish and release the next LP. Thus, they finished one great LP after another. Richard never finished The Thief.... That is a great lesson to all us animators. Let go of over-rated perfectionism & finish your damn film. Show it in all its'imperfections. That's what we want anyway.
Thanks, Richard ( sincerely). You helped us in many, many ways. Tony Claar