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Remembering Jimmy Murakami

Every superhero has an origin story. As animators, however, we’re stuck firmly in the human world, but each of us can point to an event that shaped our lives, and pushed us down ... Continue Reading →
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The True Tale of Br’er Oscar

Every year around Academy Award time, I think about a particular film, one that despite its polarizing controversy broke new ground for both Hollywood and Oscar: Disney’s semi-animated ... Continue Reading →
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Books We Love – Issue #238

The Art and Flair of Mary Blair: An Appreciation (Updated Edition) By John Canemaker and Mary Blair [Disney Editions, $45, available May] You’ll find few animators and artists ... Continue Reading →
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D23 Fanniversary: A Toon Lover’s Impressions

As I sat in my seat at the Newark Museum auditorium, I realized that I was spending an afternoon ogling lost Ferdinand Horvath sketches from the ’30s and also singing along with ... Continue Reading →
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Ollie Johnston: Even ‘Old Men’ Need a Lift!

Those of us who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s became familiar with the smiling, warm fellow who chatted with us over the airwaves every Sunday evening on The Wonderful World of Disney. ... Continue Reading →