About a week ago (Oct. 2), Deadline reported on an upcoming Disney documentary series based on the book Ink & Paint by Mindy Johnson.
Filmed in conjunction with Sertner productions, “It tells the story of animation at Disney, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Coco and Moana, through the prism of an unsung workforce of trailblazing women who helped create some of the greatest animated movies of all time.”
The filmmakers recently sat down with 108-year-old Ruthie Johnson, “who started at Disney Animation in 1937 as a cel cleaner and eventual rose to become a supervising scene planner. She was interviewed at the Ink & Paint building on the Disney lot, which has been kept intact with the old machines and paints still there.”
Perhaps the most exciting description of the series called the project, “a Hidden Figures look at a number of women who made many of the Disney animated classics possible with little or no recognition for their work.”
Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva added, “The series’ title refers to the original method of making
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Of Ink & Paint’s most veteran interviewee, Hernandez explained, “She’s very funny and very spry, and having her come back onto the lot and be able to help us launch this story was extraordinary.”
Ink & Paint is set to debut in 2019 on Disney’s streaming service. Will you be watching?