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This Amazing Medium with Richard Williams

The Marc Davis Celebration of Animation 

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Voted "The Animators' Animator" by his peers in The Observer, Richard Williams has amassed more than 250 international awards for his work.

Williams won an Oscar in 1988 for Visual Effects for his groundbreaking work on "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and received a Special Achievement Award from the Academy for the animation direction of the film. He previously had won an Academy Award in 1972 for the animated short "A Christmas Carol."

Richard Williams

Today, after five-plus decades in the industry, Williams continues to practice his art. In 2010 he completed a short film he began more than 57 years ago, "Circus Drawings." He is also training new generations of animators through his master classes, and his book and DVD set, The Animator's Survival Kit.

Presented as part of the Marc Davis Celebration of Animation, Williams will discuss the work that has inspired him and the people who have influenced him. Some of Williams's favorite clips will be shown to illustrate the artistic and emotional range of this amazing medium, from the charm of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and the imagination of "Fantasia" to the stylized sophistication of "Rooty Toot Toot" and the subtlety of expression in "Toy Story."

Williams will also enlighten audiences about his own work through clips from "The Little Island," "The Charge of the Light Brigade," "A Christmas Carol," "The Return of the Pink Panther," "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," "Circus Drawings" and the first theatrical trailer for "The Thief and the Cobbler," as well as a preview of his work-in-progress, "Prologue."


A new exhibition will open Friday, October 4, in the Academy Grand Lobby Gallery, in conjunction with the Marc Davis Celebration of Animation.

Take an exciting visual tour through Richard Williams's career and experience his master class approach to the art of animation through this dynamic exhibition. Twelve unique zones, accompanied by matching chapters from Richard Williams's new iPad App, show aspiring animators and pros alike how to direct animation and how Williams approaches character movement, dialogue, animal action and more. On view through December 22, 2013, Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends noon to 6 p.m.

Event Information

Friday, October 4, 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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