So what I do here is take photos of creative people. This post isn’t about that, however it does involve one of the more creative people I have ever met in my life. Today I met a man named Joe Hale. I walked into his home, and immediately noticed a piece of Disney artwork and said, “Oh, The Black Cauldron. You don’t see many posters for that film around these days.”
He replied simply with, “I know. I produced it.”
Now let me tell you one thing. I meet celebrities often. I am in their homes often. I don’t get nerdy, sweaty shaky starstruck. Sure, I name drop. But that’s normal. This, oh man, this is Disney. If you didn’t grow up on Disney, you didn’t live.
A little history, after talking for a bit, about Joe. He is an amazing artist, and animator. He worked on Marry Poppins, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, Pete’s Dragon, Peter Pan, etc. You name it, he’s had a hand in it. In fact, the lamppost in front of his home is from Mary Poppins. Disney just let him take it home and put it in his yard. So as I wandered around his home, I noticed one of a kind artwork (from Tim Burton even!). But this is nothing compared to the amazing experience I had next.
He walks out from his art studio with a piece of paper. It’s large and folded. It’s an original piece of press material from his movie, The Black Cauldron. I was floored. I told him I would have him sign it before I left. But before I could finish my sentence, he leaves again. This time returning with a one of a kind, hand-sketched piece from the movie (of Gurgi). He hands it to me and tells me to take that home with me too.
Now I’m sweating.
This man, who I had never met, showed such generosity. I know he’ll never read this, but I wish I could begin to thank him. I tried, trust me on that one. But nothing seemed enough. I am honored to own a piece of Disney history. Something that has a story, and is unique to me. Don’t be surprised if you come over to my home and see this behind glass.
Disney still makes magic. Even to this 29 year old with a chance encounter.