Our 2017 “Be Our Guest” Legends Event will be held
Sunday, August 13th!

The Event will feature these Guests of Honor – more to come!

One of our Amazing Disney VIP Guests of Honor: Dale Baer
Dale Baer

Dale is an Animator, Director, Character Designer, Storyboard Artist, Layout Artist, 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.
Dale’s positions include: 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.
His Disney Film Credits include: Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, The Rescuers, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective, The Prince and the Pauper, The Lion King, Tarzan, The Emperors New Groove, Home on the Range, Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, How to Hook Up Your Home Theater (short), The Princess and the Frog, Winnie the Pooh, and The Ballad of Nessie (short).
For other studios: The Journey Back to Oz, Filmation’s Robin Hood, Ralph Bakshi’s The Lord of the Rings, Dreamwork’s Shrek as well as work for Hanna-Barbera, Richard Williams , and on many commercials and television programs.
Dale Baer won Annie Award from AFISA for animation of Yzma in the Emperor’s New Grove.

 

One of our Amazing Disney VIP Guests of Honor: Mike Cedeno
Mike Cedeno

Michael Cedeno is known for his character animation, character design, and animation supervision at Disney Feature Animation, where he worked for 27 years. He animated principle characters on Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and many others during his tenure there. Mike Cedeno has also worked as an animator at many other major animation studios in LA including Warner Brothers and Universal.
Mike studied at California Institute of the Arts Animation Program, and is currently a freelance designer in the animation field and a fine artist painting in the plein aire tradition. Mike is an adjunct instructor at Otis College of Art and Design, where he has taught Character Animation, Painting, Character Design and Life Drawing.
On Beauty and the Beast, Mike Cedeno was one of animators of Belle and he designed secondary characters such as the characters in the market.

 

One of our Amazing Disney VIP Guests of Honor: Ron Clements
Ron Clements

Growing up in the ’50s and ’60s, Ron fell in love with the studio’s string of iconic features released during that era, which included such classics as “Peter Pan” (1953), “Lady and the Tramp” (1955), and “Sleeping Beauty” (1959). By the time he graduated high school, he knew what he wanted to do with his life.. make animated movies. With that goal in mind, he packed his bags and moved to California where he was quickly hired as an animator by Hanna-Barbera. In his few months with the studio, Clements had built up enough of knowledge on the craft that when he applied to the prestigious Disney Talent Development Program, an animator training ground and workshop, he was immediately accepted. It was during this period that he learned the fundamentals of 2-D animation, which he later applied as a character animator on “The Rescuers” and “Pete’s Dragon”. After that, he served a two-year apprenticeship with famed animator Frank Thomas, a supervising animator in classic Disney films such as Peter Pan in 1953, Lady and the Tramp in 1955, and The Aristocats in 1970.

In 1981, Ron became the supervising animator on The Fox and the Hound. Future partner John Musker worked as a character animator under him. Clements later teamed up with Musker as story artists on the “The Black Cauldron” in 1985. Despite having a successful career as an animator, Ron’s chief ambition was always to direct. In 1986, Clements made his directorial debut alongside Musker with David Michener & Burny Mattinson on the feature “The Great Mouse Detective”. This feature was based on a pre-Disney short made by Ron.
Clements and Musker wrote and directed several more features throughout their career, including the timeless animated classics “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin.” Their next directorial collaboration would be the sci-fi Treasure Planet (2002), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
In the early 2000s, as the industry’s preference for animated movies turned to computer generated images his career hit a bit of a snag but in 2009, with the immense success of Ron & John’s hand-drawn animated feature, “The Princess and the Frog,” Clements proved that after 30 years in the business, he was just getting started. Ron most recently conquered CG on teaming up with John Musker once again to co-write and direct “Moana”.

 

One of our Amazing Disney VIP Guests of Honor: Bob Gurr
Bob Gurr

Bob attended Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles on a General Motors scholarship, where he studied industrial design. Upon graduation in 1952, he was hired by Ford Motor Company. WED Enterprises, today known as Walt Disney Imagineering, hired Bob to consult on the design of miniature cars for Autopia. Walt Disney was so impressed with Bob’s knowledge and skill that he invited him to join the Imagineering family, which then was solely dedicated to the design and construction of Disneyland. Bob’s talent led him to develop the memorable Flying Saucers attraction in Tomorrowland, the antique cars and double-decker buses of Main Street, U.S.A., Ford Motor Company’s Magic Skyway which premiered at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, and more. Bob also helped design the mechanical workings of Disney’s first Audio Animatronics® human figure, Abraham Lincoln, featured in Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. In 1981, Bob retired early from Imagineering to launch GurrDesign, Inc., and, 3 years later, joined creative forces with two former Imagineers to form Sequoia Creative, Inc.
The firm, which specialized in “leisure-time spectaculars” and “fantastical beasts” developed King Kong and Conan’s Serpent for Universal Studios, Hollywood. Among his other mechanical feats, Bob was instrumental in creating the mysterious UFO that soared over the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games. He also consulted on the animated T-Rex figure featured in Steven Spielberg’s motion picture Jurassic Park.

 

One of our Amazing Disney VIP Guests of Honor: Mark Henn
Mark Henn

Mark Henn is a Disney supervising animator, whose contributions to animation have included several Disney leading or title characters, most notably heroines. His work includes Ariel in The “Little Mermaid”, Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”, Princess Jasmine in “Aladdin”, Young Simba in “The Lion King” and the title character in “Mulan”. He has also been animator of such films as 2007’s Enchanted and the Goofy short “How to Hook Up Your Home Theater”. He was the supervising animator of Princess Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”. He was lead 2-D animator on “Frozen.” He has been nominated for an Annie award four times: three times for Character Animation for “The Lion King”, “Mulan”, and “Winnie the Pooh”, and once for Short Animated Film Direction for “John Henry”. His most recent work includes new animation of classic characters for the projections in Walt Disney World’s new “Happily Ever After” fireworks spectacular which he can be seen discussing on the Disney Parks Blog via this link:

Disney Parks Blog: Animators give a Sneak Peak at Happily Ever After

 

One of our Amazing Disney VIP Guests of Honor: Garner Holt
Garner Holt

Garner founded Garner Holt Productions in 1977, when he was still in high school. He’s gone from his parents’ garage—with his mother acting as secretary!—to a giant production facility, studio and mockup space where he operates today with the help of nearly a hundred talented employees.

Garner Holt Productions has built nearly 500 Chuck E. Cheese animatronic shows for restaurants all over the planet. They were the first outside company to create an animatronic character for a classic Disney attraction–and now has nearly 500 figures in Disney parks throughout the world. In our more than three decades of work, they’ve built more animatronics and other unusual and amazing creations than any organization on the planet. Under Garner’s creative direction, the company has built more than 5,000 animatronic characters, from songbirds to dragons, giant horses to jellyfish, and pirates to presidents for parks and attractions in 43 countries on 6 continents.

Garner is the world’s leading authority on animatronics history, technology, and emerging techniques. Garner has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the Disneyana Fan Club’s (DFC) 2016 DFC Disney Legend Award, the Themed Entertainment Association’s 2013 Buzz Price Award Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements, the 2011 Inland Empire District Small Business Person of the Year Award, Ernst & Young Technology Entrepreneur of 2006, 2000 Cal State University San Bernadino Entrepreneur of the Year, 2001 Leader of Distinction, and 21 Thea Awards for outstanding theme park attractions in addition to dozens more.

See some of the amazing animatronics built by Garner Holt Productions at his website Garner Holt Productions

 

One of our Amazing Disney VIP Guests of Honor: Steve Lee
Steve Lee

Steve Lee has been a working in Hollywood as a sound effects and voice artist for over 30 years. He was on the sound crews of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and “Lion King”; he was the sound effects recordist & performed vocal effects for “Nightmare Before Christmas’; and he was the Sound Designer on “A Goofy Movie.” He also provided sounds and voices to several Disney park attractions. Steve is in the early stages of creating The Hollywood Sound Museum, which he assures us will include a BIG tribute to his hero, Jimmy MacDonald – creator of many classic Disney sound effects and the second voice of Mickey Mouse.
Steve will share stories from his work for Disney, play some classic Disney sound effects for us, and share how they were made.

 

One of our Amazing Disney VIP Guests of Honor: Floyd Norman

floyd-norman-final-portraitFloyd E. Norman is an American animator who worked on the Walt Disney Studios 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 the also the author of Animated Life: A Lifetime of tips, tricks, techniques and stories from an animation Legend and has a new book coming out on August 22nd with Richard Sherman called A Kiss Goodnight

He is currently a columnist for the websites JimHillMedia.com and AfroKids.com and blogs at MrFun’s Journal

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.

 

One of our Amazing Disney VIP Guests of Honor: Hyrum Osmond
Hyrum Osmond

From “Bolt” to “Tangled”, to the Oscar-winning film “Frozen,” on which he was the supervising animator, to being Head of Animation for the Academy Award-nominated film “Moana” you’ll find Hyrum’s work. He has appeared in “The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic.”
Hyrum says “I have had the opportunity to not only pursue my passion for animation, but be a leader within our department as well. Along with my feature film involvement, I have had the honor of animating on two Academy award winning shorts, “Paperman”, and “Feast”.

Hyrum joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2008, working as an animator for the studio’s 48th animated feature film “Bolt”. He was an animator on the 2009 ABC hit “Prep & Landing.” Hyrum also animated the features “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Tangled” as well as the short “Tangled Ever After.” In 2013 Hyrum served as animation supervisor for Olaf on the Oscar-winning feature “Frozen.” He was an animator on “Zootopia” in 2016 and one of the 2 heads of animation on “Moana” in 2017. Osmond attended Brigham Young University as part of its animation program. He served as lead animator at Avalanche Software prior to joining Disney.

 

One of our Amazing Disney VIP Guests of Honor: David Pimentel
David Pimentel

David Pimentel started his career at the Walt Disney Animation Studios in hand drawn animation as an in-betweener on “Pocahontas”,”The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, and “Hercules”, David is credited as an character animator on “Tarzan” (Terk), “Atlantis” (Princess Kida), and “Treasure Planet” (Doctor Doppler).

David went to work at Dreamworks Animation Studios in 2002 where he worked on storyboarding on such films as “Sharktale”, “Shrek 2” and “Kung Fu Panda”. David became a Head of Story on “How To Train Your Dragon” and Jerry Seinfeld’s “Bee Movie” in which he also voiced the character Hector.

On returning to Walt Disney’s Development Department he worked in story on “Big Hero 6” and most recently was co-head of story on “Moana”.
He is currently so-directing the film “Darkmouth” for Alcon Entertainment based on Irish author Shane Hegarty’s children’s book series.

Registration for the event is here: 2017 Registration Form