Behind the Scenes: The Art and Craft of Cinema <br /> John Musker on the Art of Animation

8/3/11 to 8/7/11

Disney animation director John Musker, responsible for such films as The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, takes us behind the scenes of hand-drawn animation with an illustrated lecture on August 3 and will join us on August 4 for a screening of his most recent release, 2009's The Princess and the Frog. He has also selected a classic Disney film, Pinocchio (featuring his favorite Disney character, Jiminy Cricket), for a Sunday matinee. For kids of all ages!

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  • Pinocchio

    • Sunday, August 7 3:00 PM

    Norm Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen (U.S., 1940). John Musker selected this early Disney masterpiece for our Sunday all-ages matinee. “Told with warmth, winning characters, and wonderful songs, Pinocchio still shines like the evening star” (John Musker). (88 mins)

  • The Princess and the Frog

    • Thursday, August 4 6:30 PM

    John Musker, Ron Clements (U.S., 2009). John Musker in person. Introduced by Russell Merritt. Disney's latest princess, an African American career girl living in New Orleans in the early 1920s kisses a frog, expecting it to transform into a handsome prince-but instead she is turned into a frog! An old-fashioned cartoon feature-all hand-drawn-that moves with contemporary verve and bounce, with music by Dr. John and Randy Newman. (97 mins)

  • The Animator's Art: Lecture and Clips

    • Wednesday, August 3 6:30 PM

    John Musker in person. In a lecture and film-clip presentation, John Musker (animation director of such Disney films as Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and The Princess and the Frog) takes us behind the scenes to show how an animator transforms words on the printed page into drawings and pixels for the big screen. (90 mins)