Academy to Celebrate ‘Animated Performance’

Incredibles director Brad Bird and Looney Tunes: Back in Action helmer Eric Goldberg will be among the guests of honor as The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents ‘The Animated Performance: Art Meets Technology’ on Friday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The program will explore the science and technology behind the art of animation, and how animators use those tools to bring characters to life.

Bill Kroyer, an Academy Award nominee and a member of the council and animation branch, will lead the evening’s discussion with an inside look at 2D and 3D animation tools, examining the impact they have made, and continue to make, on the animator’s craft.

The program will feature clips of obscure and iconic character animation, and will conclude with as a panel discussion led by animation branch member Tom Sito. Joining Bird and Goldberg on the panel will be Academy Award winner Jan Pinkava (Pixar’s Geri’s Game) and Lord of the Rings animators Richie Baneham and Steve Hornby, who both worked on the groundbreaking animation of the photo-real Gollum character.

Immediately following the presentation, attendees can view the Academy’s current exhibit, ‘Toon In: Animated Movie Posters from the Cudequest Family Collection,’ which is also open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends from noon to 6 p.m. Gallery admission is free.

Admission for ‘The Animated Performance: Art Meets Technology’ is $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with valid I.D. Tickets are available at the Academy during regular business hours, and can be ordered by mail. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door on the night of the program. If ordering by mail, please remember to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with your personal check made out to The Academy Foundation and mail it to 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Free parking is available at 8920 and 9025 Wilshire Blvd. On the day of the event, theater doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.