CA – Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase

Animators Paul Briggs, Benson Shum, and Andy Harkness appear at Vroman’s Bookstore on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10:00 AM to present and sign their latest picture books, Catch My Breath, Bug Zoo, and Holly’s Day at the Pool!

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Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

Dear Basketball Premieres at CTNX 2017

NBA legend Kobe Bryant and animator extraordinaire Glen Keane host the Grand Opening of CTN Animation Expo 2017 on Thursday November 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Get tickets at the link…

Widely regarded as one of the best basketball players of all time Kobe Bryant pairs up with world renowned legendary animator Glen Keane to ‘tip off’ opening night at CTNX2017. Join these two legends for a very special event that includes an interview about their careers moderated by executive producer Don Hahn and a screening of Dear Basketball.

CTN animation eXpo, now in its ninth year, is a living creative force designed from the outside in and 100% fueled by being the inspirational portal for generations to come. It started in 2009 in a town called Burbank with a community called the Creative Talent Network (CTN) at it’s core. More details at the website:

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SF – Eyvind Earle’s Influence

Join Michael Giaimo, art director of Oscar®-winning Frozen (2013) and Pocahontas (1995), at the Walt Disney Family Museum on Saturday, November 4th at 4:00 PM as he discusses the many ways in which Eyvind Earle’s work inspired his own art and the memorable design on the classic Disney films that he’s worked on.

In 1951, Eyvind Earle began working at The Walt Disney Studios, and his distinctive style quickly caught the attention of Walt Disney. Soon after Earle began working for Walt, he was chosen to create the entire look of Sleeping Beauty (1959). However, his influence on Disney films didn’t stop there.

Michael Giaimo is a production designer at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Giaimo spearheaded the visual components of the 2013 Academy Award®-winning feature film, Frozen, for which he won an Annie Award from ASIFA-Hollywood for production design in an animated feature production. Aspiring to work in animation since age 6, Giaimo first joined Disney in 1978 after studying at CalArts in the character animation program alongside John Lasseter. Giaimo left Disney in 1986 and returned to the Studios in 1992, serving as art director on the Oscar®-winning feature film Pocahontas, which opened in 1995. Giaimo was awarded an Annie Award by ASIFA-Hollywood for Best Production Design in an Animated Feature Film for his work on Pocahontas that year. After pursuing outside projects from 2001 to 2009, Giaimo returned to Disney and soon began work on Frozen. Giaimo has continued his work with the Frozen filmmaking team, as art director on the 2015 short film Frozen Fever and as production designer on the upcoming holiday featurette, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.

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Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94129

CA – Bug Zoo Signing


Press Release:

Disney artist Andy Harkness will be signing his new Disney Artist Series Showcase book Bug Zoo. It is a beautifully illustrated children’s book filled with mixed media utilized to create the world of bugs! Gallery Nucleus will also be featuring original artwork tied to the book by Andy! He will be there to sign and meet with fans, come join us at Saturday June 18th, 2016 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm.

Ben loves bugs: armored, teeny, leggy, greenie, floaty, wingy, jumpy, springy bugs! After a trip to the city zoo, Ben collects all of the bugs he can find and sets up a bug zoo. He couldn’t be happier–but what about his bugs?

About the artist:
Andy Harkness is an art director for the Walt Disney Animation Studios. He’s worked on such films as Pocahontas, Mulan, Lilo and Stitch, Brother Bear, Tangled, and Frozen. He’s art directed short films such as “The Ballad of Nessie” and “Mickey Mouse’s Get a Horse!” He’s been nominated for three Annie Awards and won both an Annie and an Emmy Award for art directing ABC’s “Prep and Landing.” He lives with his wife and two sons in Manhattan Beach, California, and still hunts bugs at least twice a week.

More activities to be announced soon! To learn more on Andy’s process on the book, check out this video “The Making of Bug Zoo”

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801

CA – Rescuers Down Under Soundtrack Release

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Press Release:

Creature Features celebrates Intrada Records’ newly expanded soundtrack to Walt Disney’s THE RESCUERS DOWN UNDER with this exclusive panel discussion with co-director Mike Gabriel and composer Bruce Broughton on Saturday, February 27th at 2:00 PM.

Hosted by film music journalist Tim Greiving of NPR and The Los Angeles Times, this event offers a rare glimpse behind one of the studio’s brightest animated gems and one of Broughton’s most beloved scores.

Please note: Admission is free with CD purchase. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

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Creature Features
2904 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 842-8665

NYC – The Duet of Animation and Technology: An Evening with Glen Keane

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Animator Glen Keane screens his latest short animated film at the Museum of the Moving Image on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

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The stunning new short film Duet is the latest work by legendary animator Glen Keane. In his 38 years at Walt Disney Feature Animation, Keane created and animated such legendary characters as Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas, the Beast from Beauty and the Beast and Tarzan. Keane left Disney in 2012 to start his own production company and glen_keane_image_01pursue projects that use new technology to expand the art form. Duet tells the story of Mia and Tosh, and how their lives weave together. The unique, interactive nature of the story allows the viewer to seamlessly follow the journey of Mia and Tosh from birth to adulthood. Based on the movement of their devices, users can choose to follow one of three characters, uncovering new environments and exploring alternative storylines. In a unique and illuminating presentation, Keane will show Duet and then do a live demonstration of his creative process, along with a behind-the-scenes look at the technology used to create this unprecedented work. This is a rare chance for aspiring animators and fans to see and learn from a true legend in the field. Recommended for ages 12+

Tickets: $15 ($9 members at Film Lover, Dual, and Family levels / free for Silver Screen members and above). Order tickets online.

Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Avenue Astoria, NY 11106

NYC – 35mm Art Exhibition

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Phil Noto opens a new solo exhibit titled “35mm” at Bold Hype Gallery on Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 6PM – 9PM.

Free Admission. Open to the public

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Born in 1971, Phil Noto grew up in Florida and attended the Ringling School of Art and Design. After college he began a career in animation at Walt Disney Feature Animation. During his 10 year career at Disney he worked on such films as The Lion King, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, and Lilo and Stitch. In 2001, Phil started his comic career as the cover artist for DC Comics’ Birds of Prey. Since then he has worked on numerous comic projects such as Beautiful Killer, Danger Girl, Jonah Hex, Superman/Supergirl : Maelstrom, Batgirl, Avengers, Wolverine/Jubilee and the Eisner Award-nominated, Infinite Horizon. While working in the comics field, he has also done art for magazines, video games, advertising and movies.

Phil is heavily influenced by 60’s and 70’s art and fashion. Sleek female figures, text, and retro design elements are a trademark of his paintings. He has had 4 solo exhibitions and has been a part of numerous group shows. His two art books, Jet Seven and Trans Am Champions (Brandstudio Press) sold out quickly and are highly sought after by collectors. Phil currently resides in Washington with his wife, Beth and their 2 children, Kate and Fletcher.

Bold Hype Gallery
547 W. 27th Street, New York, NY 10001

MA – Blue Sky Lecture

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Animation Artist William H. Frake III appears on Thursday, July 21, 5:30

Join us for an engaging evening of conversation with William H. Frake III, an innovative artist who will create drawings on the spot as he shares stories of his extraordinary career in animation—from the art of the traditional cel to the digital world.

During his outstanding career, William H. Frake III has worked as a layout and story artist on many animation projects for television and feature length films. Alvin and the Chipmunks, Cabbage Patch Kids, Scooby Doo Meets the Boo Brothers, Pound Puppies, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Muppet Babies, Hercules, Pocahontas, the Ice Age series, Robots, Horton Hears a Who!, and Rio, are among his many credits.

The evening talk is presented as part of the Museum’s “Blue Sky & Beyond” summer program series, that celebrates the art of visual storytelling and the contributions of noted American illustrators and filmmakers. These visionaries combine artistry and technology to create compelling new realities.

A reception with the artist will follow the program. Free for members, or with Museum admission.

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – Blue Sky & Beyond Lecture

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Art Director Thomas Cardone speaks on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 5:30 p.m!

Learn about the art of visual storytelling with Blue Sky Studios’ Art Director Thomas Cardone! With credits ranging from Aladdin and Beauty and The Beast to Ice Age: The Meltdown and Rio, Cardone may seem high-tech, but he speaks passionately about timeless craftsmanship. Discover what it takes it create the overall look and feel for some of your favorite animated films.

About Thomas Cardone

A gifted painter and draughtsman, Thomas Cardone has been working in animation and special effects for more than twenty years. Before art directing Rio, Horton Hears a Who!, and Ice Age: The Meltdown for Blue Sky Studios, he created imagery for many other films, including The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Prince and the Pauper, Pocahontas, Hercules, and The Emperor’s New Grove, among many others. Cardone is also an outstanding plein air painter who creates luminous artworks inspired by the waterfront of eastern Long Island.

The evening talk is presented as part of the Museum’s “Blue Sky & Beyond” summer program series, that celebrates the art of visual storytelling and the contributions of noted American illustrators and filmmakers. These visionaries combine artistry and technology to create compelling new realities.

A reception with the artist will follow the program. Free for members, or with Museum admission.

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262