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Andreas Deja shares the lessons he learned from those animation masters, Disney's Nine Old Men
When Andreas Deja was a little boy growing up in Germany, he loved going to the movies. He especially enjoyed catching the theatrical re-releases of classic Disney animated features like "Lady & the Tramp" and "The Jungle Book." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved...
28 Jul 2016
How Eric Stonestreet almost missed out on voicing Duke the Dog for "The Secret Life of Pets"
Given that Eric Stonestreet has spent the past seven years working on " Modern Family ," this two-time Emmy Award-winner thought he knew how things worked in Hollywood. (L to R) Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Eric Stonestreet on ABC's "Modern Family." Copyright 20th Century Fox /...
17 Jul 2016
Ron Diamond's Animation Show of Shows coming to Comic-Con, getting ready for nationwide debut
Toon fans rejoice! The Animation Show of Shows will soon be coming to a theater near you. Thanks to a successful KickstartASOS.com campaign (which still has a few hours left to run, by the way), this animation industry favorite will now transition from being an insider-only exclusive to becoming a program...
2 Jul 2015
Remembering Dick Jones, the humble performer who gave "Pinocchio" his voice
In my career as a radio reporter, I have had the opportunity to interview many fascinating people. In the past 30 years, I have talked with legislators, authors, movie directors, actors and actresses and -- yes -- even Disney Legends. Such was the case in 2009 when I had the chance to speak with Dick...
10 Jul 2014
Teaser trailer for Disney's next animated feature, "Big Hero 6," will debut on Yahoo Movies tomorrow at 9 a.m. Pacific Time
So how do you follow Disney "Frozen," the top grossing animated film of all time ? That Academy Award-winning motion picture which then went on became a pop culture phenomenon ? The movie that taught people around the planet to "Let It Go" ? The quick answer is: You don't. Borrowing...
21 May 2014
"Steven Universe" app does a beautiful job of matching the distinctive mood & look of this Cartoon Network series
I've always been a fan of Rebecca Sugar 's stuff. Especially the storyboards & sketches that Rebecca did for " Adventure Time ." Her drawings always had so much charm and beauty to them. And her songs are so sweet and emotional. Rebecca Sugar and her ukulele at Comic-Con Which is...
14 Apr 2014
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...
28 Mar 2014
Huffington Post -- How Walt Disney Animation Studios evolved Mickey Mouse backwards for "Get A Horse!"
It's the question that most animation professionals ask immediately after they've seen " Get A Horse! " How did Walt Disney Animation Studios actually pull that short off? How'd they first replicate the exact look & feel of a Mickey Mouse cartoon of late 1928 / early 1929 and...
23 Feb 2014
Mystic Manor is an Imagineering masterpiece, a seamless blend of storytelling and state-of-the-art technology
"Welcome one and all to Mystic Manor !" Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved This is how Lord Henry Mystic welcomes visitors to his elegant home during the brief, slide-driven pre-show for this new Hong Kong Disneyland attraction. During which Mystic tells us a little bit...
11 Dec 2013
Huffington Post -- I Remember Papa: Jonathan Winter's Smurfy swan song
When it came time to find just the right voice for Papa Smurf, Raja Gosnell and Jordan Kerner were admittedly feeling a little blue. Why For? Because the casting department at Sony Pictures Animation kept coming up short. (L to R) Sony Pictures Digital Production president Bob Osher, director Raja Gosnell...
8 Dec 2013
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