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Panama to Burbank with George Scribner

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

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Marty Korth, Ed Ghertner, George Scribner 1983 G-Wing Walt Disney Feature Animation

George Scribner started at Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1983 during the 2nd Golden Age of Animation. His animation career spans from Hanna Barbara in the late 1970′s to Director atWalt Disney Feature Animation. George is currently the Director of Animation for Walt Disney Imagineering and has recently been commissioned by the government of Panama to paint large scale oil paintings of the upcoming Panama Canal Expansion which is a project that will last nine years

George Scribner back in Panama 2008
“The new canal line will be to my right where the jungle is now and adjacent to the existing canal.”

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Computer Animation

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Fagin’s Trike

Even though every frame of 3D animation for Oliver and Company was plotted on paper, xeroxed on cell, hand painted and shot on a traditional down shooter animation camera, the Walt Disney CGI team were looking ahead to the future of 3D rendered models. These two “out take” test images were taken with a traditional film camera pointed at the monitor showing a color look up table that had gone nutz. In both images you can clearly see the curve of the monitor in the upper corners.

Syke’s Limo

Models – Oliver and Company

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Fagin’s Trike designed by Barry Cook was a polygonal based model built by Tina Price using Wavefront Technologies. It was a hybrid Vespa, shopping cart and roadway caution sign that was challenging to model due to the assemetrical shapes that attributed to it’s rickety signature design. The trike was not just a mode of transportation, it was a character uniquely defined by how it looked and moved. Above are hiddenline removal printouts that would later include hand drawn 2D character animation and ropes in production.

A little bit of trivia. Syke’s Limo was also used upside as the head of the villian steam shovel that tried to eat Lipstick in the 2nd 3D short ever done by Disney called “Oilspot and Lipstick”. Originally created for the 1987 Siggraph Electronic Theatre in Anaheim by the small pioneering team that called themselves the “Disney Late Night Crew” (Mike Cedeno, Fred Cline, Dave English, Tad Geilow, Burny Mattison, Tina Price, MJ Turner) and went on to be shown at Annecy and Imagina film festivals the following year.

(The first 3d short done at Disney was the “Where the Wild Things Are” test. The second was Oilspot and Lipstick and the third was Off His Rockers.)

Just One Computer – Oliver and Company

Monday, March 24th, 2008
Dave Bossert, Tad Gielow and Tina Price

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away in a corner of Walt Disney Feature Animation at 1420 Flower Street in Glendale California were the modest beginnings of what went on to be Disney’s 3D Animation department. During preproduction on Oliver and Company Tina Price and Dave Bossert shown above are gathered around Tad Gielow in front of what was the first SGI computer, appropriately named “Mickey”, running 3D software developed by Wavefront Technologies. Behind us is the state of the art 4′ x 5′ digitizing tablet. (What were we thinking?)

These acquisitions by Feature Animation were directly related to the success of the work done by Digital Supervisor Tad Gielow and Animator Phil Nibbelink who in 1983, using a dinosaur IMI computer and a manual sheet feed large format plotter somewhere in the bowels of the studio created the first 3D animation of any significance in a Disney animated feature film. The beautifully done, wonderfully integrated gear sequence inside the clockworks of Big Ben for the film “The Great Mouse Detective”. (more…)

NCGA Special Award – Oliver and Company

Monday, March 24th, 2008

And after the release of Oliver and Company the subway chase sequence went on to win the 1989 National Computer Graphics Association (NCGA) Special Award for the Application of Computer Graphics to Theatrical Animation when submitted independantly as a short called “The Chase”.

Oliver and Company wins the 1989 National Computer Graphics Association (NCGA) Special Award for the Application of Computer Graphics to Theatrical Animation.

The edited 4 minute segment from Oliver and Company called “The Chase” was submitted for consideration. This was the same year that “Tin Toy” from Pixar was nominated for best short film.

Crew Picture Oliver and Company

Monday, March 24th, 2008

This crew picture of the crew of Oliver and Company was taken at the end of production in the parking lot behind the Walt Disney Feature Animation building at 1420 Flower Street, Glendale California. George Scribner, the director, is lying down in front of the banner holding a small kitten that represents Oliver. I think the entire animation department including human resources, technical support and all the animation departments from pre-production, production and post up to 175 people at that time. This was our second movie done in what was referred to as “the warehouse environment”.


Animators Explore New Technology

Monday, March 24th, 2008

August 15, 1986Huddled in front of the one SGI workstation and the 4′ x 5′ tablet in the corner at Walt Disney Feature Animation at 1420 Flower St. is the beginnings of what would become the dominant medium of the studio 15 years later.

First Row L to R: Steve Gordon, Doug Krohn, Reuben Aquino, Barry Cook, Tony De Rosa.
Second Row L to R: Dan Hansen, Jay Jackson, Mark Henn, Tina Price and Phil Nibblelink.
Not pictured: Dave Bossart.

In 1986 this small group of animators from Walt Disney Feature animation were sent to Art Center School of Design to complete a class in hands-on computer graphics and were taught by experts in the field such as Jim Blinn of JPL and Dr. Chuck Csuri from Ohio State University on the latest state of the art techniques of the day.

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