They all laughed when I sat down to explain that Oregon’s animation track record is truly mind blowing. Yes, we produced Matt Groening, Brad Bird, Bill Plympton, Rose Bond, Will Vinton, Jim Blashfield, Joan Gratz and Joanna Priestley. And an entire pod of Disney lifers: George Bruns, Pinto Colvig, Marc Davis, and Ralph Wright. Oh, and a high school drop out named Melvyn Jerome Blank, aka Mel Blanc.
If you’re still unimpressed, consider this.
Portland is the city which produced Harry Smith.
Don’t know who Harry Smith is?