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Toon Tuesday: Clothes Encounters of the Disney Studio Kind
You probably didn't know this, but Ward Kimball 's "science unit" on the second floor of Walt Disney's Animation Building had a pretty intriguing development slate back in the 1950s. You see, once Kimball finished with his science films about space travel and future highways , there...
21 Mar 2011
What's the connection between Roy E. Disney's camera and the 1965 Watts Riot?
Back in Disney's old days, life was simple. It was before corporate laid down dozens of rules, protocols and regulations that complicated the heck out of everything. When an employee wanted to sell something, he or she simply posted it on the company bulletin board. That meant any Disney employee...
6 Feb 2011
Why it's dangerous for animation studios to get fat & happy
Several years ago a group of young artists were griping about things at their studio. Their behavior amused and annoyed me. I scolded the kids and informed them that one day they would look back and remember this time as the good old days and wonder why they ever complained about anything. Every studio...
21 Nov 2010
Bruce Boxleitner tells Garrett Hedlund: "TRON is MY legacy ... so don't screw it up"
For the past six days or so, TRON fans around the world have been dissecting those 23 minutes of footage that they saw last Thursday on TRON Night . As they try to determine whether this Joseph Kosinski film will actually be a worthy follow-up to the 1982 original. But me? I prefer to get my info straight...
3 Nov 2010
Toon Tuesday: Getting Sacked, Disney Style
It's never fun to lose your job. Getting your dismissal papers can be downright traumatic or just plain odd. Let me tell you about the unique way Walt Disney said bye-bye to the artists & writers whose ideas failed to impress him. This was a time when there was no Human Resource Department to...
19 Oct 2010
Gary Beach and Terrence Mann remember "Beauty and the Beast" 's trip from the screen to the stage
For Tony Award winner Gary Beach , his association with " Beauty and the Beast " pretty much began the way the rest of ours did. In a movie theater. "I was living in LA when Disney premiered the film at the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. It was a really big deal. They had a...
5 Oct 2010
Robby Benson & Paige O'Hara look back on Disney's "Beauty & the Beast"
To hear Robby Benson tell the tale, the only reason that this " Ice Castles " star wound up doing the voice of the Beast in Disney's acclaimed animated feature was because Robby knew his way around a Walkman. "This is a story that I always tell the students in my acting classes. How...
4 Oct 2010
Young kids & old codgers proved to be a very powerful combo at Walt Disney Studio
It never occurred to me at the moment. I guess I was too busy being enthralled by all the amazing artwork on the walls. Yet, there was something different about the animation unit, and it took me a while before I realized what it was. It turns out the entire unit was unique. It was comprised of animation...
9 Aug 2010
Toon Tuesday: The Wow Factor
I’ve often been asked this goofy question. “How would you run an animation studio if you were in charge?” Questions like this come from young people who assume I have answers. The truth is, I’m not in that position, and I don’t expect to be. However, I once ran my own business...
1 Jun 2010
Sherman Brothers honored with their very own Window on Main Street at Disneyland
Given the strong positive reaction that Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman ’s Window on Main Street ceremony received this past Thursday morning, Disneyland Resort President George Kalogridis remarked “ … we should open the Park like this every day.” But – then again -- how could you not love an event...
16 Mar 2010
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