ASIFA-Hollywood to Host Lion King Anniversary

ASIFA-Hollywood will host a tenth anniversary retrospective of Walt Disney’s The Lion King at the Glendale Public Library on Monday, June 14 at 7 p.m. Story artists, directors and animators will be on hand to discuss the making of the beloved animated film.

Lion King story artist Tom Sito will moderate the panel discussion. Panelists will include former Disney animation president Jeffrey Katzenberg (now a principal at DreamWorks), directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, co-writer Irene Mecchi, animators Andreas Deja (Scar), Tony Bancroft (Pumbaa), Mike Surrey (Timon) and CGI creator Scott Johnston (wildebeest stampede). Other current and former Disney artists also plan to attend.

"In the decade since, the Lion King crew has been scattered but want to rally for this one night to remember when they contributed to an animation phenomenon that captured an entire generation of moviegoers," says Sito, an ASIFA-Hollywood Board member and president emeritus of the Animation Guild. "The Lion King marked a high point not only of the Disney renaissance but of the last great flowering of Hollywood 2D animation.”

This is the only event of its kind being planned in the tenth anniversary year. All proceeds will benefit the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive Project, a virtual archive that will house images, movie clips and sound files pertaining to the art of animation.

The Glendale Public Library is located at 222 E. Harvard Ave. in Glendale, Calif. Admission is $5.00 for ASIFA-Hollywood members and $10.00 for non-members. Admission is free with purchase of an ASIFA-Hollywood membership at the door.

For more information about ASIFA-Hollywood, visit or call (818) 842-8330.