Posts Tagged ‘animation’

The Roy E. Disney Animation Building

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

You might recall my mentioning how Roy E. Disney, Walt Disney’s nephew, passed away back in December (see Roy E. Disney).

I forgot to tell you that, at a memorial service in January , the company announced they were renaming the animation building on near the Disney Studio Lot the “Roy E. Disney Animation Building”.


I was legitimately touched when I read this, that was the building in which I worked for a good number of years around the turn of the century.

Of course, it might be confusing to folks in Burbank as there’s already a Roy O. Disney Building named after his father (who was Walt’s brother and business partner). It’s sadly the ugliest building in Burbank, a brute of a concrete 1976 mess, not unlike Boston City Hall, actually.

Anyway, apparently on Friday they had the official dedication of the building.

Here’s a photo:


What’s Wrong with WDFA?

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention this two part article “What’s Wrong with [Walt] Disney Feature Animation?” – part 1 and part 2.

I’m not sure who Ed Liu is, and I don’t agree with some of his statements, but it’s a good dialogue to start. Something’s certainly going wrong that needs fixing.

New Short

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Just found this blog for a new animated short being done in the Netherlands. Check out: “Slim Pickings Fat Chances“.

Here’s some bits and pieces:

Oh I can’t wait to see the finished results …

Disney Gets Bad-Ass

Friday, March 5th, 2010

If you care about this sort of thing, you’ve probably already seen this. But on Wednesday, Disney Channel announced a 10-part Tron series for fall of 2011.

Disney XD (another channel, formerly known as “Toon Disney”) confirmed Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for this fall. Check this out:

Where’s Katzenberg?

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

This one is a half-percenter, but it’s the kind of thing the internet loves, so here we go.

Last week I talked about the trailer for the new documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty about Disney animation’s revival (see Waking Sleeping Beauty).

The image on the poster is old fashioned castle surrounded by dynamite and explosives with the plunger in the foreground:

Waking Sleeping Beauty poster

I knew I’d seen the image before, turns out it was a goofy sketch that co-director Kirk Wise drew during Beauty and the Beast of then Disney Studio head Jeffrey Katzenberg:

Kirk Wise sketch

Interesting how they removed Katzenberg from the movie poster.

Not surprising, considering he runs DreamWorks Animation, Disney’s main rival, but still, interesting.

Waking Sleeping Beauty

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Check out the new trailer for the documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty about the revival of Disney animation in the 1980s.

Waking Sleeping Beauty poster

I have the feeling once I see this movie I’m really really going to miss my old life.