Animation Destination Nov.
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh will
host its first-ever Animation Destination festival Nov. 6, 7 and
8. Participants will be included in a "behind the scenes tour" of
the animation world offered by world - famous animation professionals.
Three evenings of animation cinema
will be held at The Carnegie Science Center's Omnimax Theater and
hosted by animation historian and friend of Walt Disney, John Culhane.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and tickets are available for purchase by
calling 412-291-6285. Because seating is limited, reservations are
suggested. The Screenings:
Tuesday, Nov. 6 - Mulan
Featured animator is Tim Hodge, currently
the story supervisor at Big Idea Productions, creators of Veggie
Tales. Hodge's feature credits include The Lion King, Pocahontas
Wednesday, Nov. 7 - The Secret
Featured animator is Brian Mitchell,
animator, character designer and director. Mitchell is an Emmy Award
winner and protégé of Don Bluth and Ralph Bakshi.
His production clients include Universal Studios, Hanna Barbera
and Warner Bros.
Thursday, Nov. 8 - Prince of
Dreamworks' Rolando Mercado is the
featured animator for this screening. With a career spanning 30
years, Rolando's feature credits include Osmosis Jones, Iron
Giant and Prince of Egypt. He has also worked for Warner
Brothers and Rich Animation Studios in Burbank. Early in his career,
Mercado animated at Walt Disney Studios on films including The
Rescuers, The Fox and The Hound, Mickey's Christmas Carol, The Black
Cauldron, and The Great Mouse Detective. Mercado is also
a painter and has held exhibitions at several public galleries throughout
Friday, Nov. 9 Special Events
Beginning at 10:00 a.m. there will
be a round-table discussion among
industry-leading animators regarding
the state of the animation and
entertainment industries at this
time of national uncertainty post Sept. 11.
Animation historian and writer John
Culhane will moderate this insightful
and inspired discussion.
Later that day, Mark Henn will give
a three-hour lecture and show his rarely seen edition of Disney's
afro-centric John Henry. At 6:00
p.m., a public reception will close
the week's events and kick off a
two-month showcase of their collected
works on loan to The Art Institute
Gallery through December 31. The
show will feature the works of each of the above listed animators
and will also include works on loan from Lock Wolverton, animator
and instructor at The Disney Institute; Chris Christman, animator
whose credits include Osmosis Jones, Armageddon, Dinosaur and
Con Air; and Mark Henn, supervising animator on the character
development of favorites such as Ariel from The Little Mermaid,
Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Jasmine from Aladdin
and Young Simba from The Lion King.
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Gallery
is open to the public Monday through Saturday. Animation Destination
will be on display through December 31, 2001. Admission is free.