Disney is looking for the next generation of animators in a group of hopefuls that have just graduated from stick figures. Mouse House topper Michael Eisner and six of Disney’s top animation pros motion will host 100 children for lunch and a hands-on demonstration of how films like Lilo & Stitch, The Lion King and Tarzan are made. The special occasion will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, in the Disney Animation attraction at Disney’s California Adventure park in Anaheim.
The exclusive event will be open to invited children between the ages of 6 to 9 years old. The lucky kids are being chosen based on their interest in the arts from neighborhood schools in Los Angeles and Orange counties. The event will also celebrate the beginning of the new season for The Wonderful World of Disney, which will feature the aforementioned animated classics on its Saturday night ABC schedule this year.
The children will view images from Disney animated features, create their own drawings, and experience animation through the eyes of the top Disney animation filmmakers like Don Hahn, producer of Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Atlantis: The Lost Empire; Glen Keane, supervising animator of such characters as The Little Mermaid‘s Ariel, Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzan and Treasure Planet’s John Silver; and Andreas Deja, supervising animator of such characters as Aladin‘s Jafar, The Lion King‘s Scar, Hercules and Lilo.
The roster of top animation filmmakers in attendance will also include Lilo & Stitch co-directors Chris Sanders (who provided the voice of Stitch) and Dean DeBlois. Representing the next wave of state-of-the-art digital animation will be Eamonn Butler, supervising animator on Dinosaur.