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WIllie Ito Joins Be Our Guest Dinner on June 24, 2018!

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willie-ito-final-portraitWillie Ito says he started at Walt Disney Productions in 1954 on the feature Lady and the Tramp. I worked on the iconic spaghetti kissing scene as my indoctrination into the business. Later, I worked at Warner Bros. Cartoon’s infamous Termite Terrace. I worked with Chuck Jones on such classics as “One Froggy Evening” and “What’s Opera Doc?” I also worked with Friz Freleng doing layouts, receiving my first screen credits on “Prince Violent,” later retitled “Prince Varmint,” featuring Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam. After 6 years at Warner’s, Bob Clampett was starting production on The Beany and Cecil Show, and I was invited to join the new studio. I was in layouts and character designs. I also did many of the merchandise such as comic books, coloring books, and promo artwork. I was also doing many comic books such as CARtoons and CRAZY Magazine as well as spot magazine cartoons on a freelance basis. I joined Hanna-Barbera Productions during the development of The Jetsons and remained for the next 14 years. Flintstones and The Yogi Bear Show were part of my credits. Disney’s Comic-strip Dept. and later Disney Consumer Products beaconed and I returned to Disney. After 23 years of developing collectibles, mentoring Disney artist worldwide, I retired as Director of International Creative after a 45-year career. I received the “Golden Awards” from the Motion Picture Cartoonist Guild, The Pacific Citizen’s APA award, and the NJAHS Legacy award. In my retirement, I am currently writing, illustrating and publishing a series of children’s picture books recounting some of my personal accounts. “Hello, Maggie!” by Shigeru Yabu, with illustrations by Willie Ito.

Hong Kong Phooey (1978) Unit Manager Yogi’s Gang (1975) Layout Artist Inch High, Private Eye (1974) Layout Artist Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space (1974) Layout Artist, Story By Roman Holidays (1973) Josie and the Pussycats (1972) Story By Perils of Penelope Pitstop (1971) Layout Artist Banana Splits Adventure Hour (1970) Layout Artist Wacky Races (1970) Layout Artist Moby Dick and the Mighty Mightor (1969) Layout Artist Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show (1968) Layout Artist

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Bob Gurr Event Update – New Date and New Location!!

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Exciting News about our Glimpse Behind the Curtain with Bob Gurr Event!

The date has been changed to April 8, 2018 from 1 to 3:30 pm and we will now be holding the event in a natural habitat for Bob – the Hwy 39 Event Center which showcases an incredible collection of classic American cars, vintage neon signs, and original 1950’s gas pumps!

The Hwy 39 Event Center is located in Beautiful Anaheim at 1563 S State College Blvd, only a few blocks from Disneyland.

And don’t forget EVERYBODY will receive an autographed copy of Bob Gurr: Turning Dreams into Reality.

 

There will also be a raffle for Bob’s famous Bus Tour where you’ll join Bob for a half-day tour of some of the most significant Walt Disney landmarks!

 

 

 

Be Our Guest as we pull back the curtain on some of Bob Gurr’s great stories’
Talk to Bob about what it was like to design some of the iconic attractions that we all love
and hear some behind the scene stories. For example, did you know Bob never had any engineering training, he trained at Art Center College of Design as a car stylist ?
Enjoy a sampling of the unique and delicious foods, savory & sweet, from the ever-popular Porto’s Bakery. Ice Tea & water.
We will be featuring 2 Speciality Cocktails for purchase.
After our social time we will proceed downstairs to watch some highlights of Disney Legend Bob Gurr being roasted by fellow Disney Imagineers, Marty Sklar & friends, followed by a trailer of Bob’s documentary Bob Gurr: Turning Dreams into Reality.
If time permits we will have some Q & A .

Ham Croquette, Potato Balls
Tarts & Pudding “en flambé”
We’ll prepare and serve with flair
A culinary cabaret
No one’s gloomy or complaining
While the Bob Gurr is entertaining
And it’s all in perfect taste
that you can bet
So Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest
* Tickets $50~ Seating limited.*

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A Glimpse Behind the Curtain with… Bob Gurr

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Be Our Guest as we pull back the curtain on some of Bob Gurr’s great stories’
Talk to Bob about what it was like to design some of the iconic attractions that we all love
and hear some behind the scene stories. For example, did you know Bob never had any engineering training, he trained at Art Center College of Design as a car stylist ?
Enjoy a sampling of the unique and delicious foods, savory & sweet, from the ever-popular Porto’s Bakery. Ice Tea & water.
We will be featuring 2 Speciality Cocktails for purchase.
After our social time we will proceed downstairs to watch some highlights of Disney Legend Bob Gurr being roasted by fellow Disney Imagineers, Marty Sklar & friends, followed by a trailer of Bob’s documentary Bob Gurr: Turning Dreams into Reality.
If time permits we will have some Q & A .
Everybody will receive an autographed copy of Bob Gurr: Turning Dreams into Reality.

Ham Croquette, Potato Balls
Tarts & Pudding “en flambé”
We’ll prepare and serve with flair
A culinary cabaret
No one’s gloomy or complaining
While the Bob Gurr is entertaining
And it’s all in perfect taste
that you can bet
So Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest

* Tickets $50~ Seating limited.*

Registration Form

As an alternative to a check: Customers of banks that have Zelle payment can pay online free of charge using their bank’s ‘Send Money’ function.
All you need to pay is our email address “beourguestevent@yahoo.com” .. our account is at Chase
This includes Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Capital One, TD Bank, and USBank!
Please note the names of the attendees in the comments for the payment.

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