Monthly Archives: June 2014


Mindy Johnson Joins “Be Our Guest” Dinner for 2014!

Categories: A Look Back

Mindy_JohnsonAuthor, historian, publicist, educator, musician, songwriter, playwright and the list goes on, Mindy’s diverse background continues to keep life interesting.

Her critically acclaimed book, Tinker Bell – An Evolution (produced in conjunction with Disney’s Animation Research Library and Disney Editions) was recently honored with a 2014 Family Choice Award. In addition to writing and presenting for various events and publications including the D23 Expo, magazine and website, Mindy is also a contributing writer for the forthcoming book Marc Davis: Walt Disney’s Renaissance Man which releases selectively this summer and widely, October 7th, 2014. She is beginning work on her next book which celebrates a never before explored segment of Disney animation history!

A long-time Disney employee and consultant, Mindy has worked in various divisions including Television Animation, Theatrical Publicity and Home Entertainment where she created content and produced record-breaking global publicity events and campaigns for Walt Disney’s classic animated titles. Mindy also contributed to the catalog and education content for the ARL’s global exhibition Dreams Come True – Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from the Walt Disney Studios.

Mindy’s written and creative work continues to support a wide range of projects for a growing list of clients including: WNET/American Masters, AMPAS/, Dick Cavett, The Bing Crosby Archives, The Danny Kaye Estate, Rosemary Clooney’s ClooneyTunes, SiriusXM Radio and more.

A professional musician, Mindy is the writer/arranger/publisher of two successful series of books for beginning and advanced harpists. Her various award-winning recordings are widely available on the Ellipsis Arts and Fixed-Wing labels and she continues to occasionally ‘pluck’ around town. In addition to her instrumental abilities, Mindy is also an accomplished singer/songwriter within a variety of styles. She is a semi-finalist within the Sundance Theatre Competition and a Grammy nominated songwriter with the Grammy Award-winning group, Sounds of Blackness. Her musical work with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company has also been featured in performances around the world, and most recently, Mindy wrote the narrative foundation for a preschool book series for Horipro Entertainment Group of Japan. This innovative musical pedagogy is currently utilized in seven countries.

Mindy also teaches film/animation studies, history, screenwriting & intercultural film at College of the Canyons in Valencia, CA and yes, occasionally, she sleeps!



Dale Baer Joins “Be Our Guest” Dinner for 2014!

Categories: A Look Back

dale_baerDale is an Animator, Director, and Producer with over 40 years of experience in full feature, TV, and commercial animation. Supervising animator for Owl in Disney’s Winnie the Pooh. Owner of Dale Baer Animation, a studio specializing in traditional and digital animation used in commercials and feature animation. Positions Held Layout artist at Filmation. Assistant and Animator at Disney Character Layout and Animator at Ralph Bakshi. Animator at Richard Williams. Animator at Quartet Films. Animator at Bill Melendez Productions. Storyboards for Hanna-Barbera Director and Animator on a project for WED Enterprises. Owner/ Producer/ Animation Director at Baer Animation. Directing Animator for Disney on Roger Rabbit Co-Owner /Producer/Animation Director at High Horse Animation. Character Designer at DreamWorks Animation. Animator and Supervising Animator and Character Design at Disney Film Credits Frozen 2013 Wreck-It Ralph 2012. The Journey Back to Oz 1970 Filmation Robin Hood 1973 Disney The Rescuers 1977 Disney Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too 1977 Disney The Lord of the Rings 1979 Ralph Bakshi Mickey’s Christmas Carol 1983 Disney The Black Cauldron 1985 Disney The Great Mouse Detective 1986 Disney The Prince and the Pauper 1990 Disney The Lion King 1994 Disney Shrek 1998 Dreamworks Tarzan 1999 Disney The Emperors New Groove 2000 Disney Home on the Range 2004 Disney Chicken Little 2005 Disney Meet the Robinsons 2007 Disney How to Hook Up Your Home Theater 2009 Disney The Princess and the Frog 2009 Disney Winnie the Pooh 2011 Disney The Ballad of Nessie

Clients Filmation Studios Walt Disney Animation Ralph Bakshi Richard Williams Quartet Films Bill Melendez Productions Hanna-Barbera WED Enterprises Baer Animation clients: Kellogg’s Jolly Green Giant Chevrolet Michelin Tires Choco Milk for Mexico Snapper Lawn Mowers Walt Disney Theme Parks and Resorts Disney Animation Starkist Illinois Lottery Esso Mattel Disney and the Academy Awards General Mills. Skills Layout Character Design Storyboards Animator in 2D and 3D Supervising Animator Directing Animator Computer Software Maya Harmony/Toonboom Meander

TV/Video Credits The Jerry Lewis Show The Fat Albert Show Charlie Brown Specials Smurf Christmas Special The Fonzie Show commercials. Affiliations The Animation Guild The Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences

Special Achievements The Annie Award for animation of Yzma, through ASIFA