11/2/01 Animation Destination Nov. 6-9, Pittsburgh

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 and Mulan.

Wednesday, Nov. 7 - The Secret of NIMH

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 Egypt

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 California.

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.


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