Distinguished animator to lecture on March 26

Broose Johnson, former animator, story artist and illustrator for Walt Disney Feature Animation, will present a lecture titled “An Animator’s Life” in Reynolds Recital Hall on March 26 at 4:15 p.m.

Johnson began working at Disney in 1987, and over 16 years helped create some of the studio’s most memorable characters, including Sebastian the Crab from “The Little Mermaid,” The Beast from “Beauty and the Beast,” and the younger version of Simba in “The Lion King.”

In 2004, Johnson joined Cecropia, Inc., and assisted in the story and animation for a video game titled “The Act,” which uses hand-drawn animation.

The Tuesday lecture, which is sponsored by the MSU School of Music, is free to the public. However, seating is limited to 240 people.

No word on whether Johnson’s personality will be as animated as his characters.