Presented with the support of Celebrate Ontario and Walt Disney
Animation Studios, The Ottawa International Animation Festival is celebrating
the world’s most beloved, successful and pioneering animation studio with a
series of screenings, talks, exhibitions and legendary Disney animators. “It’s only natural,” says OIAF Artistic Director, Chris Robinson, “that we debut
our new Pioneers of Animation series with a tribute to the most successful,
innovative and influential animation studio in the world. Founded in 1923, the
91-year old studio has had a profound and widespread impact on animation and
The OIAF’s tribute to Walt Disney Animation Studios touches upon their impact in
feature films with a 25th anniversary screening of The Little Mermaid – a film
that revitalized both the studio and the animation feature when it was released.
The Festival is especially honoured to have Little Mermaid directors and
writers Ron Clements and John Musker in attendance. The duo has collaborated on
several Disney features including Aladdin (1992), Hercules (1997), Treasure
Planet (2002) and The Princess and the Frog (2009). Clements and Musker will
share stories from their years at the legendary studio and the fine art of
directing some of the world's most memorable films. The OIAF asked two of the world’s most well known Disney historians, Jerry Beck
and Leonard Maltin to each curate a program of classic short films. Their
selections run the gamut of Walt Disney’s peak period between the 1930s-1950s.
The programs feature a mix of standards (Skeleton Dance, Clock Cleaners, Hockey
Homicide), oddities (Der Fuehrer’s Face, No Smoking) and a few unexpected gems.
A new talent from Disney, Patrick Osborne, will also be on hand to screen his
acclaimed new film Feast and will provide an in-depth, behind-the-scenes talk on
the process of its creation.
Also part of the program is an art exhibit that celebrates the legacy of Walt
Disney’s animation with an exhibition of Ottawa + Gatineau artists. Disney Made
Me Do It is a call to arms, circumventing what is already known about the Disney
brand. These artists reflect their own understanding of the lasting impact of
Disney’s animation on visual culture. Participating artists: Barry Ace, Danny
Hussey, Barbara Ochman, Phil Osbourne, Rah, Christopher Rohde, Alison
Smith-Welsh, Guillermo Trejo, Michael Zavacky
The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is one of the world’s leading
animation events providing screenings, exhibits, workshops and entertainment
since 1976. OIAF is an annual five-day event bringing art and industry together
in a vibrant hub, with a total attendance of 28,000 artists, producers, students
and animation fans from around the world.
This year’s Festival runs from September 17-21. For more information about the
Ottawa International Animation Festival as well as media passes, visit