Oscar winning animator, author, educator and performer John Canemaker will be back at the Motion Picture Academy on September 13th hosting a three-part presentation, that examines some of the art form’s most remarkable early achievements. “Animation Masters: John Canemaker Celebrates Winsor McCay and Walt Disney” will feature rare footage and art. A presentation not to be missed.
Gertie the Dinosaur and the Birth of Personality Animation – 6 p.m.
Long before any princesses wandered across the screen, animation’s first female personality was spunky Gertie the Dinosaur, who celebrates her 100th birthday this year. Canemaker hosts a salute to Gertie and her creator, the prolific comic strip artist and animation pioneer Winsor McCay.
The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and the Secrets of Walt Disney’s Movie Magic – 7:30 p.m.
Canemaker, who is the author of The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and the Secrets of Walt Disney’s Movie Magic, explores the fascinating mechanical and optical processes that enabled the Disney artists to delight the eye with dancing snowflakes, erupting volcanoes and other visual treats, described in a recently discovered notebook by photographer and effects specialist Schultheis.
“Fantasia” – 8:45 p.m.
Walt Disney took one of his boldest gambles with this dazzling 1940 feature, for which his top animators scaled the heights of imagination to provide visuals for some of the most beloved pieces of classical music, conducted by maestro Leopold Stokowski. The film’s many highlights include Mickey Mouse starring in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and the haunting imagery of “Night on Bald Mountain.”
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