Marc Davis Lecture on Animation

Charles Solomon, Eric Goldberg, Pete Docter and James Baxter

The first Marc Davis Lecture took place in 1994 with Davis himself, one of Disney’s “Nine Old Men,” as the inaugural participant in this lecture named in his honor.

The Marc Davis Lecture was established to provide a forum for film animators and other experts in the craft to share their experiences as well as to explore with colleagues the challenges of creating animation for the screen.

More about Marc Davis

Davis’ association with Walt Disney and the Disney Studio began in 1935. Among the characters to whom Davis gave shape and life were Bambi, Brier Rabbit, Cinderella, Tinkerbell, Maleficent and Cruella DeVil. He also did extensive preliminary work on a number of the attractions featured at the New York World’s Fair, Disneyland, Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland, including “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “It’s a Small World” and “The Haunted Mansion.”

Marc Davis died in Los Angeles after a brief illness on January 12, 2000, at the age of 86. His work continues to inspire new generations of artists.

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Marc Davis Lectures

  • This Amazing Medium 2013
    With Richard Williams
  • Giants' First Steps, 2013
    With Ron Clements, Pete Docter, Eric Goldberg, Kevin Lima, Mike Mitchell, Chris Sanders, Henry Selick, David Silverman, Kirk Wise; moderated by Randy Haberkamp
  • The Development of the Digital Animator, 2012
    With Rebecca Allen, Philippe Bergeron, David Em, Tim Johnson, Jeff Kleiser, Bill Kroyer, John Lasseter, Phil Tippett, Diana Walczak; moderated by Tom Sito
  • Mary Blair's World of Color, 2011
    With Alice Davis, Pete Docter, Michael Giaimo, Eric Goldberg, Susan Goldberg, Maggie Richardson, Daisuke "Dice" Tsutsumi; moderated by Charles Solomon
  • Voices of Character, 2010
    With James Baxter, Rick Dempsey, Susan Egan, June Foray, Yuri Lowenthal, Bob Peterson, Charles Solomon, Russi Taylor.
  • What’s Opera, Doc? – Animation and Classical Music
    Hosted by Michael Giacchino, with Pete Docter and Bruce Broughton.
  • Hayao Miyazaki, 2009
    Hosted by John Lasseter, featuring Hayao Miyazaki in person.
  • Milt Kahl: The Animation Michelangelo, 2009
    Hosted by Andreas Deja, with Charles Solomon, Kathryn Beaumont, Brad Bird, Ron Clements, John Musker and Floyd Norman.
  • Mentorship in Animation, 2008
    With James Baxter, Andreas Deja, Pete Docter and Eric Goldberg
  • Canadian Women in Animation, 2007
    With Torill Kove, Amanda Forbis, Wendy Tilby, Caroline Leaf and Janet Perlman
  • The Brothers Quay, 2006
  • Frédéric Back, 2005
  • Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, 2003
    Hosted by Leonard Maltin, with Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Brad Bird, Ron Clements, Andy Gaskill, John Lasseter, John Canemaker and Charles Solomon
  • Drawing from Japan: Anime and its Influences, 2001
    With Jerry Beck, Fred Patten, Mark Dippe, Lisa Atkinson, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and Kunihiko Ikuhara.
  • A Tribute to Marc Davis, 2000
    With Leonard Maltin, Kathryn Beaumont, Mary Costa, Ollie Johnston, Ward Kimball, Richard Sherman, Frank Thomas, Andreas Deja, Gary Goddard, Eric Goldberg, Glen Keane, Bob Kurtz, Tom Sito and Charles Solomon
  • Scott MacQueen, Treasures from the Disney Archives, 1998
  • Nick Park and Peter Lord, 1997
  • John Lasseter, 1996
  • Chuck Jones, 1995
  • Marc Davis, 1994
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