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Monday, April 14th, 2008

1975 The Crew of Planet of the Apes
Saturday Morning Television Cartoon


Photo and Memories Care of Phil Phillipson

Back row left to right: In the light shirt is Tony Segroi, the bearded fellow and the next guy I don’t know, next with the beard and VW hat is George Freeman. George was a young guy who was working for us while going to college and was going to go to a new VFX house up north after graduation. While working with us he was freelancing using this brand new computer simulation for that same company up north on their first feature film. It was some sci-fi picture where he got some of the other guys to freelance with him as well doing glow efx for these light saber fx shots and we all thought that it was a really stupid idea. Light sabers and space ships would never go together. That company was ILM and the sci-fi picture was of course Star Wars. Were we wrong, or what? The next guy is Leo Swenson, and the next is Ziggy, we couldn’t pronounce his real name. Then on the far right is Moe Gollub the ex-Motion Picture Screen and Cartoonists union president.

Second row left to right: The first I guy don’t remember, next guy is Hac Fiq, Jim Muller and I don’t know the next guy with glasses.

Front row left to right: Phil Phillipson, I don’t know the second person, then John Dorman, then Nolly something?

If anyone can help fill in the blanks or has any more stories about this time just click on “comments” and leave a reply in the text box below.
~Memories Care of Phil Phillipson


Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Early 1980′s Cal-Arts


Photo Care of Rusty Mills

From Left to Right:
Geoff Schroder (1/2 pictured), Rusty Mills, Dan Jeup (in front), Gerry Bowers, Steve Moore, Kevin Lima, Kirk Wise, Tim Hauser

Before we all worked together at Walt Disney Feature Animation this group from the early 1980′s of Cal Arts reads like a who’s who in the animation film industry.


From Left to Right:
Mike Show (1/2 pictured), Rusty Mills( Boris Badinoff), Rob Minkoff (Sammy Davis Jr. claus), Steve Moore (blue meanie), Leon Joosen (Jack the ripper?), Mona Koth (Witch), Breth Koth (bum)

A Trip to London and Paris

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008


After the success of 1988′s Who Framed Roger Rabbit? The Disney folks offered animation director Richard Williams more feature projects, but Dick preferred to focus on his personal project, the Thief and the Cobbler. So Disney turned to Dick’s former lieutenant and top animator Dick Purdum, who came recommended by many in the London animation scene. By then Dick and his wife Jill Thomas had their own studio in London.


Dick took the job to direct Beauty & the Beast if he could do some of the initial preproduction in London, and a research trip was added to get texture for the French setting. (more…)

Disney Way 1 Orientation

Monday, March 31st, 2008

First Day at Walt Disney Pictures May 23rd, 1983

In 1983 when I was hired at, what was then called, Walt Disney Pictures every new employee went through a process to be welcomed into the family and to become familiar with the entire Walt Disney Company. The 3 day orientation was called Disney Way One.

The first day was on the main lot watching a “Welcome” video and then off to an in depth tour of the sound stages, editorial, animation, ink and paint, gallery cells and the back lot which then included such sets as from Zorro and Something Wicked This Way Comes. The second day was Imagineering and touring the parks and rides division, epcot and the sculpture shop. The third day was a bus ride to Disneyland in Anaheim California where we climbed into character costumes based on our hight and size and were sent out into the park with the public. (more…)

Memories 2006

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Well that’s it. Another year gone and this one seemed to go even quicker. Let’s take a little look back over the past 12 months at our part of the world.

Disney buys Pixar and John Lassetter is back in the halls of feature animation. The first news of business is “shut down Toy Story 3″.

Animation directors Ron Clements and John Musker return to Disney Feature animation to create a 2D movie.

Kathleen Gavin leaves Feature Animation after 20 years.

Feature Animation animator Ellen Woodbury relocates to Loveland Colorado to become a full time sculptor.

Angie Jones and Jamie Oliff publish thier first book “Thinking Animation”

Animation Producer David Steinberg relocates to Toronto.

Animation Executive Producer Don Hahn leaves Feature Animation.

Animation Historian Tom Sito publishes his first book “Drawing the Line”.

Master animator James Baxter opens up his own studio.

Mitchell Bernal licenses Skelanimals in 2006 and becomes a surprise hit at Hot Topics stores, which continues to sell out of merchandise as more products are being developed for this dead and cute property. Visit the website at www.skelanimals.com to learn more about these characters.

Animation Director Chris Sanders steps down from “American Dog”.

The Baxter Benefit Auction raises over $4000 for Martha Baxter of Cal Arts

Animation Producer and Executive Phil Lofaro is cut from Feature Animation.

Animator Nancy Beiman and Tony White write and illustrate “Prepare to Board” due for publishing February or March of 2007.

Storyboard artist Francis Glebas temporarily relocates to Canada to work with Vanguard Films.

Mitchell Bernal, Steve Gordon, Craig Elliott, Angie Jones and Jamie Oliff, Rik Maki, Phil Phillipson and Rob Rupel participate in the Comic-Con International 2006.

Dan Lunds Dream on Silly Dreamer makes it to Amazon.com.

Phil Nibbelink completely animates in Flash and releases theatrically in Los Angeles an entire feature animated film by himself called “Romeo and Juliet: Sealed With a Kiss” which went on to win best in show at the Best in the West Animation Festival and will move across the US during 2007.

Peter Schneider’s directorial debut of Sister Act at the Pasadena Playhouse which is still running to a full house.

Mitchell Bernal, Tom Ellery, Rik Maki, Floyd Norman, and Chris Sanders all publish new books.

Sunny Apinchapong, Mitchell Bernal, HB Lewis, Rik Maki, George Scribner, and Valerio Ventura have solo artshows and Ed Ghertner and Lureline Kohler participate in a group show.

Stevie Wermers and Kevin Deters are given directorial opportunities at Feature Animation.

Valerio Ventura steps up to Supervising Art Director at Cartoon Network.

The first 2D or Not 2D animation festival founded by Tony Whyte is held.

Tina Price leaves Disney after 23 years to JibberJab at JibJab in Santa Monica.

Eric Goldberg and Mike Gabriel return to Feature Animation.

Dreamworks holds job fair to scoop up the talent leaving Disney.

Art Director Michael Humphries gets married.

The Little Mermaid crew reunites.

And the Creative Talent Network hosts 5 events in 2006.

CtN Artist Spotlight with H.B. Lewis “In Process”

CtN Artist Spotlight with Rik Maki “Scribblin’ on Scrap”

CtN Artist Spotlight with Senti aka Mitchell Bernal “The Black and the Blue”

CtN Octoberfest with Tom Sito and “Drawing the Line”

CtN Artist Spotlight Event “The Group Show”

Please post your memories of 2006 in the comments section below.

Memories of 2005

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

Alot happened in 2005. Please use this blog to add you comments and recount some of the events of the year.

Off the top of my head what comes to mind from our animation world is the loss of Production Designer and Visdev Artist Guy Deel, Story and Development Artists Vance Gerry and Joe Grant, Ex-cleanup artist Gilda Palingas, Head of Story Joe Ranft, Supervising Animator Frank Thomas and Concept and Development Artist Rowland Wilson.

CTN creates a “Legends” category for those giant artists like Vance Gerry whose shoulders we are now standing on.

ASIFA has created Biopedia! where we can add our memories of those legendary animation giants who have come before us.

We also got to thank directors Ron Clements and John Musker for all their creativity and movies as they left Walt Disney Feature Animation after 25 years and we celebrated supervising animator Andreas Deja’s 25th anniversay with the Walt Disney Company.

We celebrated the career of Executive Producer Pam Coats after 20 years of service with the Walt Disney Feature Animation .

The end of an era for those that were not retrained in 3D, we watched the last of over 300 traditional animation artists leave the Walt Disney Feature Animation department forever. Scattered around the world, these artists and other creatives are staying connected through The Creative Talent Network .

We also celebrated Character Designer Sue Nichols’ new marriage and had two very successful networking parties at Gordon Biersch in Burbank California.

CTN has gone from 35 members to 133 and affilliated with CreativeHeads.net to bring 100′s of job listings into your email box every week. CTN is also in negotiations with Van Eaton Galleries in Studio City California for up to 4 member shows for 2006. We at CTN thankyou for your continued support. We wouldn’t be anything without you as members.

2005 will go down as the year of the blog as artists flock to the internet using web logs to display and talk about artwork.

Many CTN members self publish childrens books and sketchbooks for the first time.

CTN participates in the first LA Art Festival.

20 year veteran animator from Walt Disney Feature Animation, Ellen Woodbury has relocated to Loveland Colorado to pursue a career as a sculptor.

Walt Disney Feature Animation released it’s first in house 3D feature Chicken Little to over $130,000,000.00 in domestic box office sales and opens Circle 7, the facility that will release the Pixar sequels.

James Baxter opens his own studio in Old Town Pasadena.

DreamWorks is bought by Paramount.

BlueSky releases Robots and becomes one of the top 3 animation studios in the nation.

Please add your memories and photos of 2005 to this blog……..HAPPY NEW YEAR from CTN.

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