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  • Blog Post: After 22 years, Lella Smith checks out as Creative Director of Disney's Animation Research Library

    When Lella Smith 's 10-year-old godson, Rey, found out she was retiring from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library (ARL) , he was incredulous. "Why would you do that auntie?," he said. "You've got the coolest job in the world!" Smith has been the Creative Director for...
  • Blog Post: Huffington Post -- Why Stephan Franck was drawn to use hand-drawn animation on "The Legend of Smurfy Hollow"

    Has computer animation's omnipresence in today's entertainment left you ... Well, feeling a little blue? Well, don't fret. There are still folks in Hollywood who are huge fans of traditional animation. Witness Disney's announcement last week that its Touchstone Pictures division will...
  • Blog Post: Company insiders share all sorts of great stories at the Disneyana Fan Club's annual convention

    Disneyland Park celebrated its 56 th anniversary of its opening yesterday. But for those who couldn't wait to get that party started, there was the Disneyana Fan Club 's annual convention . Photo by Paul Schnebelen Held just down the road from the Park at the Anaheim Crowne Plaza Resort in Garden...
  • Blog Post: DFC's Disneyanamania event to celebrate all things Disney

    For most people, when you mention the month of July, they think of the Fourth & fireworks, family get-togethers. The chance to kick back and relax. Whereas for Mouse House enthusiasts, the fun actually starts after the Fourth. When hundreds of these folks hit the road for Garden Grove, CA. so that...
  • Blog Post: Lots of nods to Disney history can be found on the CalArts campus

    When people talk about where the Disney / Pixar magic comes from, there are always a few California cities that get mentioned right away. Burbank. Glendale. Anaheim. Emeryville. But - to be honest -- there's one other place that really belongs on that list. And that's Valencia, CA. Which is home...
  • Blog Post: New Orleans-style blowout planned for final weekend of Disney’s “Dreams Come True”

    Why are all these people racing through the streets of New Orleans? * Photo by Nancy Stadler Because “ Dreams Come True: Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from Walt Disney Studios ” is closing on March 14 th . Which means that you now only have six short days to catch this acclaimed exhibition. Photo by...
  • Blog Post: Batman follows the Fantastic Mr. Fox at the Cartoon Art Museum

    GnatteringGnate writes in to ask: So you were out in Southern California last week. Did you do anything cool? Did you get to see any celebrities? Well, I did get to see the cast of one Academy Award-nominated film up-close while I was out on the West Coast … Photo by Noe Valladolid … but they were all...
  • Blog Post: Mary Blair concept art showcased in “Walt Disney’s Peter Pan”

    It’s always been one of the great what-ifs of Disney history. What if … All of the Studio’s overseas markets hadn’t been cut off by the start of World War II? It’s well known that – as of the late 1930s -- Walt was well into development of full-length animated versions of “ Alice in Wonderland ,” “ Peter...
  • Blog Post: “Walt Disney and the Good Neighbor Program” book is a really great read

    Do you have a Disney fanatic in your family? Then this must be the time of year that you dread most. When you’re expected to come up with a suitable holiday gift for this problematic family member. Not to worry, though. Jim Hill Media is here to help. Over the first four Wednesdays in December, we’ll...
  • Blog Post: Disney treasures to come up for bid at S/R Labs’ Fall 2009 auction

    You’ve going to have to forgive any animation fans you know if they seem kind of distracted today. You see, S/R Laboratories is holds its biannual animation art auction today and tomorrow. Which means that some incredibly rare pieces of animation history are about come up for bid. “How rare?,” you ask...
  • Blog Post: "Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland" showcases Mary Blair's concept art

    Forget about " When Harry Met Sally ." You want to talk about a truly magical movie moment? Then let's discuss when Mary met Alice. To be specific, when Mary Blair was assigned to work on Disney's animated adaptation of " Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ." Ever since May of 1938, when the Studio had...
  • Blog Post: What a doll ! Remembering Joyce Carlson (1923 - 2008)

    The world got a little smaller this past Tuesday with the passing of Disney Legend Joyce Carlson . And -- no -- I'm not just saying that because this veteran Imagineer worked on six different versions of "it's a small world." With Joyce not only helping to create the original version of this much beloved...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday : Mary in the morning, Ellenshaw in the afternoon

    When people talk about upcoming Disney-related events, you tend to hear the same three names over and over again: Anaheim, Burbank, Orlando. Which is great ... if you happen to actually live near Anaheim, Burbank or Orlando. But as for the rest of us ... Getting a dose of Disney magic usually involves...
  • Blog Post: "Walt Disney's Cinderella" is a picture-perfect picture book

    This is probably going to seem like a very weird request. But -- if you could -- I'd really like it if you guys could buy up a bunch of copies of " Walt Disney's Cinderella " (Disney Press, August 2007) Copyright 2007 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved "And why should we do that?," you ask...
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