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Drawn to the Movies

Animation Icons of Yesterday and Today

Entire generations have grown up with the work of the world’s most influential animators. These include the pantheon of artists who developed their talents under the guidance of Walt Disney, the comic masterminds behind Warner Bros.’ Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, and the outstanding architects of contemporary animation who have earned the admiration of young and old alike. And animation is popular worldwide, inspiring visionaries everywhere and creating a diverse and truly global community of talent.

  • Disney animators Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas and Ward Kimball, and host Leonard Maltin discuss working with Walt Disney at "An Academy Centennial Tribute to Walt Disney" in December 2001. Watch Video
  • Bill Kroyer, Rob Minkoff, Chris Bailey, Jeff DeGrandis and Kelly Asbury discuss the legacy of Chuck Jones at the Academy's Gold Standard Screening of Jones's nine Oscar-nominated short films, in August 2010.Watch Video
  • Brad Bird speaks about Milt Kahl's teaching methods at "Milt Kahl: The Animation Michelangelo" with moderator Charles Solomon in April 2009. Watch Video
  • Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter discuss the future of hand-drawn and computer animation at the Academy's 14th Marc Davis Celebration of Animation in July 2009. Watch Video
  • Experimental animators The Brothers Quay explain their stop-motion working methods at the Academy's 10th Marc Davis Lecture on Animation in April 2006. Watch Video
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