Lectures & Discussions

TALK | Disney’s Nine Old Men: The Four Who Inspired the Nine
Sat, Nov 7 | 1pm
Walt Disney’s storied group of animators known as the Nine Old Men, left a lasting mark on the art of animation and have inspired countless others over the years. But who provided the guidance and inspiration that was crucial for them to succeed? Join Disney animator Eric Goldberg for a discussion about the unheralded “Four Young Men” who mentored the famous Nine: Bill Tytla, Fred Moore, Ham Luske, and Norm Ferguson. Learn how these talented yet unsung artists taught the group who would take the art of animation to a new level.

TALK | Contemporary Character Animation and Classic Techniques with James Baxter
Sat, Nov 14 | 1pm
The animation process may seem quite different since the days of Walt and his team of artists and animators. Technicolor and the Multiplane Camera contributed to the advancement, but the animators never strayed from following their basic principles of animation to draw the life into their characters. These same principles, pioneered by some of the Nine Old Men, are studied and applied today, whether the animation is hand-drawn or created on a computer. Join us as we watch first-hand from animator James Baxter as he explains his classic approach to 2D Animation while creating an original animation from sketch to screen.

TALK | Disney’s Nine Old Men: Stories from Their Children
Sat, Dec 5 | 1pm & 4pm
The 1pm program is sold out.
Third in a series of special programs about Disney’s famed group of animators, the Nine Old Men, this two-hour presentation features a screening of the documentary short, “Growing Up with Nine Old Men,” directed by Ted Thomas, son of animator Frank Thomas. After the screening, Ted leads a discussion with other children of the Nine who provide insight into the lives of their famous fathers.