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  • OR – Once Upon a Cloud Signing

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    Claire Keane, a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios (where she made significant contributions to both Frozen and Tangled), appears at Powell’s City of Books on Saturday, July 25th at 11:00 AM to read from her highly anticipated debut picture book, Once Upon a Cloud (Dial Books).

    Celeste wants to give her mother something special — but what? As she drifts off to sleep, Celeste is swept away. Up, up, into the sky, where the sun, the moon, and the stars are eagerly awaiting her arrival. How grand! They receive her with such kindness that Celeste positively sparkles with delight. And on her way home, it comes to her: the perfect gift. Chosen with care and wrapped with love, it’s just what Celeste was hoping to find.

    Powell’s City of Books
    1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209-3114
    503-228-4651

    CA – Once Upon a Cloud Signing

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    Author/Illustrator Claire Keane appears at Barnes & Noble to host Storytime on Friday June 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM!

    About this Author:
    Claire Keane is known for her past work as a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where she made significant contributions to recent hits Frozen and Tangled. Her father, Glen Keane, was a renowned Disney artist who oversaw the design and character development on many classic Disney films, and her grandfather, Bil Keane, was the creator of The Family Circus comics. Claire lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and kids. This is her debut picture book.

    Barnes & Noble
    5183 Montclair Plaza Lane, Montclair, CA 91763
    909-399-1966

    NJ – Brad Garrett Signs

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    Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond, Finding Nemo, Tangled) appears at Bookends on Monday, May 4th at 7:00 PM to sign his new book: When the Balls Drops! Each person attending must have a book.

    Bookends
    211 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    201-445-0726

    CA – Talkin’ Toons w/ Brad Garrett

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    Voice actor Rob Paulsen welcomes Brad Garrett (Finding Nemo, Tangled, Everybody Loves Raymond) to the Talkin’ Toons podcast on Tuesday May 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm!

    Get tickets at the link!

    Press Release:

    The world-famous Hollywood Improv is proud to invite you to join Emmy and Annie award winner Rob Paulsen as he talks about his experiences in voice acting!

    About Rob Paulsen:
    Born in Detroit, Rob Paulsen spent his childhood in Livonia and Rochester, attending Junior and Senior high school in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Rob loved cartoons like most kids but aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, thanks to some big, strong, kid from Winnipeg who drilled me so hard my ears are still ringing, I learned around age 18 I had neither the talent nor the temperament to make a living playing hockey. So, I turned to my other passions: singing and acting.”

    The goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or animated, is what every actor strives for. Those who are committed to their career and who combine experience, passion and skill are likely to succeed.

    Those gifted with exceptional talent who focus on maximizing their potential by finding their own niche, quickly break away from the pack. After years of honing their craft and consistently delivering memorable performances in which the character impacts an indelible image on the viewer, the public and the industry take notice, singling out the best.

    “I’m getting paid to do what I got in trouble for in the 7th grade,” jests Rob, who won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for Pinky and The Brain (Warner Bros.) Though nominated twice previously, the victory was especially sweet due to some formidable competition – fellow nominees Louie Anderson, Ernest Borgnine, Dennis Franz and Jeffery Tambor. In addition to his Emmy, Rob won back-to-back Annie Awards in 1997 and 1998. “I absolutely love what I do and thank my lucky stars for twenty-five years of full-time employment in this business,” he says.

    “It’s a treat to portray a complex character,” Rob explains about Pinky, a goof-ball mouse with funny teeth, a head filled with clouds and an inane imagination that is punctuated with a staccato laugh. “Besides … where else could I find a job where emotional outbursts and odd exclamations like ‘Egad!,’ ‘Narf!,’ ‘Poit!,’ ‘Splonk!,’ and ‘Zort!’ are allowed and in fact, encouraged?” With over 2,000 half-hours of animation to his credit, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Yakko, Pinky and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff in the Peabody and two-time Emmy award-winning series “Animaniacs.”

    Some of Rob’s other well-known animated characters include Raphael of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Arthur in “The Tick,” the title role in “The Mask” (for a WHOLE lot less dough than Mr. Carrey, thank you), the title role in “Mighty Max,” Carl Wheezer in “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius,” Jack Fenton in “Danny Phantom,” Bobble in the “Tinkerbell” series of DVDs and hopefully more to come.

    Paulsen’s extensive credits include on-camera roles in numerous motion pictures including Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match, and Warlocked. His television acting credits include guest-starring roles on MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Additionally, he is one of the most sought-after voice actors in the commercial arena, performing in over 1000 commercial spots.

    As passionate about “paying it forward” as he is about his lucrative career, Rob supports various charitable organizations, particularly those benefiting children and military veterans. Rob’s volunteer work with GOALmodels has been particularly rewarding. GOALmodels, a high school program in Reseda, California, is designed to inspire 9th graders to set goals and overcome obstacles in life. Blending his life experiences with passion for his work, his presentations are informative, entertaining and inspiring. In his leisure time, Rob enjoys golf, riding his motorcycle and occasionally lacing up his skates for another chance to relive his past glory on the rink. He spends the majority of his free time with his wife, Parrish, and their two Yorkshire terriers, Pooshie and Tala.

    Hollywood Improv
    8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

    CA – Once Upon A Cloud Signing

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    Join Claire Keane (Frozen, Tangled) for a Mother’s day event in Venice Saturday, May 9th at 4:00 PM where she will be drawing, reading and signing Once Upon A Cloud at Ecole Claire Fontaine. There will be activities for the whole family and gifts to make for the moms in your life.

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Ecole Claire Fontaine
    1047 Abbot Kinney, Venice, CA 90291

    CA – Once Upon A Cloud Launch Party

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    Join renowned animation artist Claire Keane (Frozen, Tangled) at Vroman’s Books on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 4:00 PM for a reading, discussion and signing of her first children’s book, Once Upon A Cloud. There will be refreshments, artwork and of course, books!

    Meet the Author
    Claire Keane is known for her past work as a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where she made significant contributions to recent hits Frozen and Tangled. Her father, Glen Keane, was a renowned Disney artist who oversaw the design and character development on many classic Disney films, and her grandfather, Bil Keane, was the creator of The Family Circus comics. Claire lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and kids. This is her debut picture book.

    RSVP on Facebook!

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

    CA – Once Upon a Cloud Signing

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    Claire Keane appears at Barnes & Noble to sign her new book Once Upon a Cloud on Saturday March 7, 2015 at 11:00 AM. RSVP on Facebook!

    Meet the Author
    Claire Keane is known for her past work as a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where she made significant contributions to recent hits Frozen and Tangled. Her father, Glen Keane, was a renowned Disney artist who oversaw the design and character development on many classic Disney films, and her grandfather, Bil Keane, was the creator of The Family Circus comics. Claire lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and kids. This is her debut picture book.

    Barnes & Noble
    1201 3rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    310-260-9110

    UK – Big Hero 6 Signing

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    Press Release:

    Forbidden Planet is,thrilled to offer the rare opportunity to meet Zach Parrish, Head of Animation at Walt Disney Animation Studios, at our London Megastore on Friday 13th February at 6:00pm.

    Animation fans will be able to meet and chat to Zach about his work on the BAFTA and Academy-Award® nominated BIG HERO 6. Zach will be signing copies of ‘The Art of Big Hero 6’ and we’ll have free, signed BIG HERO 6 posters to give away!

    Zach Parrish oversaw the artists charged with creating the movement, emotion and physical performance of the characters in BIG HERO 6. His team included five animation supervisors and 85 animators. He joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2010 as a character animator for the hit feature “Tangled” before serving as animation supervisor for 2012’s big-screen comedy “Wreck-It Ralph”.

    BIG HERO 6 is in UK cinemas now. The film has received widespread audience and critical acclaim with glowing global reviews following its world premiere at the Tokyo Film Festival and #1 US launch.

    Forbidden Planet London Megastore
    179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

    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.

    Press Release:

    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
    718-784-0077

    CA – Art of Big Hero 6 Signing & Panel

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    Scott Watanabe, Victoria Ying, Shiyoon Kim, Lorelay Bove, Kevin Nelson, Paul Briggs, and Kendelle Hoyer appear at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday November 15, 2014 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM!

    Press Release:

    Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Big Hero 6 is the story of Hiro Hamada, a brilliant robotics prodigy who must foil a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. This new title in our popular The Art of series, published to coincide with the movie’s U.S. release, features concept art from the film’s creation—including sketches, storyboards, maquette sculpts, colorscripts, and much more—illuminated by quotes and interviews with the film’s creators. Fans will love the behind-the-scenes insights into Disney’s newest action comedy adventure.

    Come see rare behind the scenes artwork by artists from the production design, storyboard, and visual development teams.

    Bring your questions for the Q&A session and meet the artists one-on-one as they sign copies of the new Art of Big Hero 6.

    $5 Admission at the door or FREE w/ purchase of the Art of Big Hero 6 book (about 75 seats available, standing room also available).

    Outside books will be subject to a $10 fee.

    Featured Artists:

    Scott Watanabe – Art Director, Environments
    Victoria Ying – VisDev, Environments
    Shiyoon Kim – Character Designer
    Lorelay Bove – VisDev, Characters
    Kevin Nelson – VisDev Artist
    Paul Briggs – Head of Story
    Kendelle Hoyer – Story Artist

    Event Schedule:
    2:00 – 3:00 pm Panel Presentation
    3:00 – 3:30 pm Q&A
    4:00 – 5:00 pm Signing

    Gallery Nucleus
    210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801

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