The Sound behind the Image II: Now Hear This!

“Animation inspires the most inventive world of audio illusions, for it demands the highest performance from dialogue, music and sound effects.” – sound designer Ben Burtt

Academy Award® nominee Mark Mangini (“Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home,” “Aladdin,” “The Fifth Element”) hosted an evening exploring the art and technology of sound and the extraordinary role it plays in shaping animated motion pictures.

Film clips traced the evolution of sound in animation from the era of traditional cel animation, represented by “Steamboat Willie” (1928), “Clock Cleaners” (1937), “The Reluctant Dragon” (1941), “Zoom and Bored” (1957), “Now Hear This” (1962) and “Beauty and the Beast” (1991), through the digital age, represented by the 2004 computer-animated features “The Polar Express” and “The Incredibles.”

Oscar®-winning sound editor David E. Stone and Disney Imagineering media designer Joe Herrington examined the work of early sound effects masters Treg Brown and Jimmy Macdonald, incorporating a live demonstration of many of Macdonald’s actual props.

Foley artist John Roesch demonstrated foley techniques, and sound designer Randy Thom, a 14-time Oscar nominee and two-time winner, explained how new technologies have changed the way sound is created for animated motion pictures today.

Complementing the presentations was a lobby display of actual historic props and sound-making devices used in classic animated films.

Joe Herrington

Disney Imagineering media designer Joe Herrington describes various types of sound effects equipment and their uses.


Foley artists John Roesch and Alyson Moore add sound to a clip from “Beauty and the Beast.”

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