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Toon Thursday: Life lessons from the animation professionals
My animation friends & colleagues can pretty much tell the same story. All of us benefited greatly by having the opportunity to work side-by-side with seasoned veterans.Our careers were enriched by the tips and techniques they generously shared with us over the years. However, there was one other...
26 Dec 2012
Want to see where Walt Disney grew up & vacationed? D23 will take you there in 2012
You know what they say: the third time's the charm. As D23 mapped out its plans for 2012 ... well, Steven Clark knew that it was going to take more than just charm to make the third year of operation for the Official Disney Fan Club memorable. "Heading into Year No. 3, we felt that it was time...
16 Nov 2011
Mything in Action: The Mouse is Mad ... and He's Got an Axe!
Have you seen Disney's new feature version of The Sorcerer's Apprentice ? Although the film has garnered largely favorable reviews, including this one , the Jerry Bruckheimer summer blockbuster hasn't quite stirred up the level of box office magic for which the studio had been hoping. Disney's...
3 Aug 2010
The female artists & animators who changed Disney Studio’s “boys will be boys” culture
There’s a mistaken notion that back in the 1950s the Walt Disney Studio was strictly a man’s world and women were not even allowed in the Animation Building. It was believed that women employees were restricted to the “women’s work” over in the Ink and Paint Department where...
5 Jul 2010
Looking back on the early, early days of the “Toy Story” franchise
With “Toy Story 3” earning over $365 million worldwide since this Lee Unkrich film was released on June 18 th (More importantly, with the “Toy Story” franchise having produced over $8 billion in global retail sales to date), it is sometime hard to remember that – just 15 years ago – there weren’t a whole...
2 Jul 2010
Animation fans can make a real difference this coming weekend
Greetings from the Universal Orlando Resort . Where I’m now in my final day of covering the grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter . Photo by Jim Hill It has been an absolutely amazing couple of days. And I’m heading back to New Hampshire tonight with all sorts of stories to share about...
18 Jun 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
Animation Guild kicks off its Pres-Aid fund-raising program with a reception & silent auction
Okay. I know. You’re probably chilling out on this Memorial Day Monday. Maybe doing a little barbequing in the backyard. Or – more likely – just collapsed on the couch, watching ‘way too much cable TV. Animation artwork from "Mulan" to be featured in the Pres-Aid live auction. Image courtesy of Pres...
31 May 2010
“Waking Sleeping Beauty” continues to wow crowds around the country
In an age where even blockbusters have to battle for screen space (Witness what happened late last month when the studios behind “ How to Train Your Dragon ” and “ Clash of the Titans ” clashed over the limited number of 3D-capable theaters that were available at that time), what chance does a dinky...
16 Apr 2010
When you work in animation, there’s just no avoiding those Pink Slip Blues
It was late summer 1958 and things had been going well. The mad rush to wrap the animated feature film, “ Sleeping Beauty ” was finally succeeding, and the film was well on its way to completion. Taking a break from the drawing board, I headed up to the second floor of the Animation Building...
1 Mar 2010
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