Michael J. Ruocco is more than the self-described 'curator' of the Animation Smears and Multiples tumblr
* (previously here
), he's also a talented young animator - here's his short toon about a bird who picked the wrong place to nest
- and a serious student of Animation History whose other site is 365 Days of Ward Kimball
**, about the Disney animator who was considered one of the best and certainly the most adventurous of Walt's 'Nine Old Men'
. Kimball's free-wheeling style showed up in everything from Snow White
to The Three Caballeros
to his Oscar-winning short 'It's Tough to Be a Bird'
. His semi-NSFW irreverence is on display in off-model drawings of Mickey Mouse
and caricatures of himself
. And on the side, he made elaborate comics for an antique car magazine
, formed the jazz band The Firehouse 5 Plus 2
(that's him on trombone)*** and put a full-sized railroad with working trains in his back yard
. [more inside]