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The University of DIC

Having just packed my son Brendan off to college, the subject of higher education is big on my mind this week. I’m reminded that back in the 1980s and 90s there was a leading ... Continue Reading →
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He Was America’s Favorite Uncle –– I Swear!

A number of years ago, while working for Disneyland, I was allowed to hear a surreptitiously-made (and archived) tape of a recording session with Walt Disney. After muffing his lines, ... Continue Reading →
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Close Friends Get to Call Him T.C.

Did everyone rush out and see Top Cat: The Movie when it opened in theatres the first weekend of August? Did anyone even know that something called Top Cat: The Movie opened in theatres ... Continue Reading →
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The Prank That Tanked

Some anecdotes require the passage of time to safely relate. One such, which has always stuck in my mind out of the thousands of stories I’ve heard over the years from veteran animators, ... Continue Reading →
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Old Visitor from Another Planet

One of the themes of the 2013 Comic-Con, which ended last week, was the 75th anniversary of the most popular space alien of American culture: Kal-El of Krypton, a.k.a. Superman. Superman ... Continue Reading →
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Goodbye, Dali

It has been 10 years now since the release of the longest-in-production film in history, Disney’s animated short Destino. Begun in 1945 as a collaboration between Disney Studios ... Continue Reading →
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Anyone Remember ‘Budgie?’

Animation has become such a juggernaut within the film industry that it seems as though everyone has tried their hand in it at one point or other, up to and including British Royalty. ... Continue Reading →
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A Non-Technical Chat with Ed Catmull

In Tom Sito’s excellent and exhaustively researched new book, Moving Innovation: A History of Computer Animation, no one has quite as many index listings as Dr. Ed Catmull, current ... Continue Reading →
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The Art of Being Peter Chung

Whenever I begin to despair that animation has fallen into a rut (which usually happens after watching the latest major-studio sequel), I start thinking about Peter Chung. Not quite ... Continue Reading →
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It’s Good to Be the ‘King’s’ New Guy

Every now and then I find a surprise in my garage. On bad days, it’s a baby rattlesnake or a black widow. On good days, it’s an interview with someone I don’t recall ... Continue Reading →