Monday, May 28, 2012

Milt Kahl Letter

It has been a while since I've posted, so I thought I'd look through my files for something different to add to my blog.

I found this treasured response from Milt Kahl, to whom I had sent a fan letter back in 1982. I had just finished animating on Rock & Rule, and wanted to let Mr. Kahl know that his work had been an inspiration to me.

Here is his response.


  1. not many would take the time nowadays to even read a letter (email), let alone reply.

  2. Interesting what he said about "leadership". He always got to the nub of the issue in his animation, and elsewhere. Very great letter to receive. You must continue to be thrilled about it to this day.

  3. Yes, Greg, I'm very thrilled to have this letter. At one point, I thought I had lost it in one of my cross country relocations, but I still have it!

  4. Thanks for sharing this, but I do have one question: how were you able to locate Milt Kahl's address in the days before the Internet? I've heard of young animators sending letters to their heroes, but I wonder how they were able to send it to the correct address.

    1. Landon, back in the 1970s I was a member of Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists was Milt Kahl. In 1977, I was animating at DePatie-Freleng and was approached by the producers/owners of Nelvana in Canada to animate for their studio. As part of our working relationship, I was asked to find the addresses of Disney animators who would be willing to lecture at Nelvana. I contacted the union offices and was given the addresses of Milt Kahl, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, and Ken Anderson. (Thomas, Johnston, and Anderson eventually did lecture at Nelvana during 1978 and 1979.)