- Nov 28, 2017
Ink & Paint Makes History!
Late in the evening of November 27th, 1937, several hundred women artists made history! Three weeks before the film's premiere, the last of the fully painted cels of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs made their way from the Ink & Paint Department into Camera. Thus marking a 'first' within hand-rendered animation. The color and artistry of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was groundbreaking, as paint and painting techniques were developed to convey texture and dimension through c
- Nov 26, 2017
Remembering the great Charles Schulz!
Born 11/26/1922, legendary cartoonist and humorist, Charles Schulz was responsible for one of my earliest introductions to illustration, animation and jazz. The Peanuts characters were a staple with the Sunday comics, but A Charlie Brown Christmas was probably the earliest animation that held an impact on me as a child. Bill Melendez directed many of the early Charlie Brown/Peanuts animated specials, and the eloquent score of Vince Guaraldi set the tone for the plaintive, gen
- Nov 18, 2017
LEADING LADIES of ANIMATION 2017
A stellar panel from the 2017 CTN-Expo, celebrating these LEADING LADIES of ANIMATION – JANE BAER, LORNA COOK & KATHY ZIELINSKI! Thanks also to animation legend, TINA PRICE of CTN Expo for sponsoring this terrific line-up. A sold-out signing along with eager Expo attendees elated to meet these remarkable women...sharing this lovely comment from attendee, Sara T... "We are absolutely on Cloud 9 still about that amazing panel. Thank you again for writing this book...and for you
- Nov 18, 2017
November 18th, 1928 — marks a significant debut! Where we celebrate the birth of Mickey on this date, we must also note the beginning of Minnie Mouse! She, along with her male-mouse co-star, are the most recognized mice in the world! The initial origins of Minnie and Mickey go back a bit earlier, to the spring of 1928. Having learned of the loss of his character, "Oswald," to Charles Mintz, Walt Disney began to create an entirely new animated series centered around the exploi
- Nov 14, 2017
Fantasia's Female Forces
11/13/1940 – Walt Disney's Musical Masterpiece Fantasia, released in theaters nationwide. This visual and audio tour-de-force was unlike anything experienced before, largely thanks to the feminine forces at work within virtually every aspect of production at The Walt Disney Studios. Bianca Majolie, Sylvia Holland, Ethal Kulsar and several other women of the Story Department vividly conceptualized most of the story sequences, while Shirley Soderstrom and several other lady art
- Nov 13, 2017
LEADING LADIES OF ANIMATION Panel Event coming to CTN Expo this Friday, 11/17/17
Join me FRIDAY, 11/17 at the CTN Expo where I'll be hosting the inaugural panel event: LEADING LADIES OF ANIMATION Meet some of today's trailblazing women whose leading talents brought landmark animated stories to life. This year's panel features: Kathy Zielinski – Lead Animator Frozen / Kung Fu Panda / How To Train Your Dragon / The Croods / The Hunchback of Notre Dame Aladdin / The Rescuers Down Under / The Little Mermaid / The Great Mouse Detective Lorna Cook – Director
- Nov 11, 2017
"Toot..."-ing about Mary Schuster!
November 10th, 1953 marked the release of the first animated work completed in Cinemascope — Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom. This Academy Award-winning short was created by the Ward Kimball unit which featured the artistry of an unsung animator on his team — Mary Schuster. Starting at Disney Studios in 1944, Mary was an Inbetweener and Assistant Animator who worked on such classic Kimball characters as Pecos Bill, Lucifer the Cat from Cinderella (1950), Cheshire Cat from Alice
- Nov 10, 2017
Known to most as a Hollywood starlet in the late 1930s and throughout the 1940s, Hedy Lamarr, (born Nov 9th, 1914) starred alongside tinsel town's top luminaries such as Spencer Tracy, Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable. Rising to the height of fame from her talents and beauty, few realize that it's Hedy's brain that has actually made a bigger impact on the world! Self educated and extremely intelligent, Hedy often tinkered and invented in her spare time. She developed improvement
- Nov 6, 2017
Animated Women of Depth & Color
80 years ago (11/5/37), a short film debuted which forever changed the world of animation – Walt Disney's latest Silly Symphony entitled, The Old Mill. This eloquent tone poem featured two unique developments for animation... Many are familiar with the debut of Disney's Multiplane Camera which provided a more realistic illusion of depth within Disney's animation photography, yet adding a dimension of depth to animated films had been developed and implemented for some time. Le
- Nov 2, 2017
Remembering Animator Retta Davidson!
Retta Davidson was born November 1st, 1921 in Arcadia, CA. Just after graduating from high school, Retta joined Disney Studios as a Painter in 1939 and worked on Pinocchio, Bambi & Fantasia. One of the first 10 women to transition into Animation prior to WWII, Retta served her country with the Navy, working for four years in Washington DC. Later returning to animation, Retta become a strong presence animating on many of the postwar films. Always in demand as an Assistant Anim