Monthly Archives: February 2014

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Rick Law Joins “Be Our Guest” Dinner for 2014!

Categories: A Look Back

rick-law-final-portraitRICK LAW is an illustrator and producer, having worked for The Walt Disney Company for over 20 years. For over a decade Rick created art that graced a great number of Disney videos & DVDs. Rick’s personal interpretations of the Disney characters have been highly regarded by fans. Rick was the featured toy designer to support the release of Toy Story 3 across Asia. Rick was a featured live-drawing artist at 2011 D23 Expo to support the Winnie The Pooh 100 Acre Artists campaign. Currently Rick works as creative manager for Disney Publishing/Disney Consumer Products and has been one of the creative leads in the design and launch of the successful Disney English program in China. Adding to his credits, Rick has collaborated on numerous other non-Disney entertainment projects, most recently as associate producer on the acclaimed documentary: Drew: The Man Behind The Poster.

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Floyd Norman Joins “Be Our Guest” Dinner for 2014!

Categories: A Look Back

 

floyd-norman-final-portraitFloyd E. Norman (born June 22, 1935) is an American animator who worked on the Walt Disney animated features Sleeping Beauty, The Sword in the Stone, and The Jungle Book, along with various animated short projects at Disney in the late ’50s and early ’60s.

Norman had his start as an assistant to comic book artist Bill Woggon, who lived in the Santa Barbara, California, area that Norman grew up in.

After Walt Disney’s death in 1966 Floyd Norman left Disney Studios to co-found the AfroKids animation studio with business partner animator/director Leo Sullivan. Norman and Sullivan worked together on various projects such as the original Hey! Hey! Hey! It’s Fat Albert television special which aired in 1969 on NBC (not to be confused with the later Fat Albert series made by Filmation Associates).

Norman returned to Disney at one point in the early 1970s to work on the Disney animated feature Robin Hood, and worked on several animated television programs at Hanna-Barbera and Ruby-Spears. In the 1980s he worked as a writer in the comic strip department at Disney and was the last scripter for the Mickey Mouse comic strip before it was discontinued.

More recently he has worked on motion pictures for Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, having contributed creatively as a story artist on films such as Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc. for Pixar and Mulan, Dinosaur and The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Walt Disney Animation, among others. He continues to work for the Walt Disney Co. as a freelance consultant on various projects.

Norman has also published several books of cartoons inspired by his lifetime of experiences in the animation industry, Faster! Cheaper!, Son of Faster, Cheaper!, and How the Grinch Stole Disney.

He is currently a columnist for the websites JimHillMedia.com and AfroKids.com.

Norman was named a Disney Legend in 2007. In 2008, he appeared as Guest of Honor at Anthrocon 2008 and at Comic-Con International, where he was given an Inkpot Award.

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Dave Bossert Joins “Be Our Guest” Dinner for 2014!

Categories: A Look Back

dave-bossert-final-portraitDavid A. Bossert is the Producer, Creative Director and Head of Special Projects at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He studied at the Character Animation program at CalArts. He received a B.F.A. in Animation from the CalArts School of Film/Video in Valencia, CA. Among his classmates were Joe Ranft, Butch Hartman, Ralph Eggleston, and Ann Telnaes, among others.

Mr. Bossert has contributed his talents as a visual effects animator to such films as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Lion King, Pocahontas, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas, Hercules, and many others. On the Academy Award-nominated shorts Runaway Brain & Lorenzo, as well as the feature film Fantasia 2000 he served as the Artistic Coordinator and Visual Effects Supervisor. Dave served as Associate Producer on the award winning & Academy Award-nominated Disney/Dali short film Destino.

Dave is an award winning Producer and Director. He has received a Special Achievement Award from ASIFA-Hollywood for Producing the DVD compilation Disney on the Front Lines. He also produced the 4 volume/8 Disc DVD collection of the award winning True Life Adventure films. David co-directed the short film One by One. He has directed numerous projects including The Cat That Looked at a King; 4- Winnie the Pooh Learning Adventure educational projects for Disney Home Entertainment and has produced and directed the multible award winning Pumbaa and Timon Safety Smart DVD series for Disney Educational Productions and the Underwriters Laboratories.

Bossert also serves as the Artistic Supervisor for the Disney Restoration Team and has overseen restoration on many of the Disney animated shorts and the recently restored features Bambi, Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Fantasia, Snow White, Pinocchio, and many others.

In his role as Producer, Creative Director and Head of Special Projects at Walt Disney Animation Studios he is currently overseeing numerous other projects for various divisions across The Walt Disney Company globally.

Dave works in a variety of animation techniques including 2D, CG, & Live Action combinations; 3D & specialty projection formats. He was creative director & producer of the Disney animation Media used in the World of Color attraction at the Disneyland resort and was recently creative director & producer of the animation media for the Disney Dreams show at Paris Disneyland. Dave is currently working on several projects that combine animation & new technologies to create unique guest experiences.

Dave has co-authored the Disney Animated iPad App which is available at the Apple iTunes store. His first book, “Remembering Roy E. Disney: Memories and Photos of a Storied Life”, is being published by Disney Press on September 17, 2013 and is available for pre-order at Amazon.com.

He is a past president of the Alumni Association at CalArts, but remains active on the CalArts Board of Trustees. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Santa Clarita Ballet Company and is an active community volunteer.