When I first heard of Walt Disney's "Nine Old Men", seven of them were still alive. Of those seven, I got to meet six. And one gave me a kick in the pants: Marc Davis.
At the end of the school year, the CalArts Character Animation department would host the Disney animation gods in a screening of the best of that year's student films followed by a reception where they could mingle with students.
I arrived at CalArts having never heard of the Nine Old Men. But after eight months of intense indoctrination on all things Disney by classmates Dan Jeup and Tim Hauser, I was bursting to have my film be part of The Show, and figured that since I had learned so much and cared so much, I was a shoo-in. So when that didn't happen, I was left mortified and searching for answers / excuses.