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02 February 2005, 03:11 AM
Former Disney Animator Makes Film About Disney Animation

What they said:

"A one-time employee of the Walt Disney Co.'s animation department has made a film about Disney animation. Called Dream On Silly Dreamer, it is being screened in Minneapolis on Thursday, one day before the company's shareholders gather in that city for their annual meeting.

The film's director, Dan Lund, worked for Disney for 15 years before the company decided to shut down its hand-drawn animation studio.

He documented the layoffs that marked the end of an era in American filmmaking by interviewing his co-workers.

"It's not just an attack on management," Lund told the Associated Press. "I didn't make the movie just to tick them off."

The publicity poster for the 40-minute-long movie shows a foot dressed in a business shoe squashing Mickey Mouse.

Long a giant in the animation field, Disney was responsible in the 1990s for such hits as Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King.

But following flops like Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Treasure Planet, the firm laid off its hand animators in 2002 to focus on computer-animated features."

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02 February 2005, 03:32 AM
It seems like the film documents the downfall of Disney from its peak in the days of Fantasia, to the shadow of its former self that it has become today. This documentary would be worth watching.

02 February 2005, 04:34 AM
Could you post a link to the full article? I would like to read that.

02 February 2005, 05:02 AM
Link fixed.

02 February 2005, 05:23 AM
Here's a link to the site for the film:

Hmmm... "site temporarily disabled"...

Here's some more on the project from the Save Disney website:

Animators 'Dream On'
By Merlin Jones (http://javascript%3Cimg%20src=%22images/smilies/tongue.gif%22%20border=%220%22%20alt=%22%22%20title=%22stick%20out%20tongue%22%20smilieid=%226%22%20class=%22inlineimg%22%20/%3EopUpWindow%28%27/contact/mjones.asp%27,%27100%27,%27100%27,%27400%27,%27420%27%29;)

The public has yet to associate a "face" with the great disaster that has befallen the tribe of traditional Disney Animators.

Oh, there have been numerous press accounts burying the art form with clinical comparisons of recent CGI and "2-D" box office receipts. But even after all the ink, the truth doesn't really sink in with the general public -- the unthinkable reality that Disney has already closed up the cartoon shop (as we have known it), fired the artists and sold off the furniture. This is not some dire warning of an event that "may" happen if these shadows are unaltered by the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come -- these things (as loyal SaveDisney readers are well aware) have already come to pass...

02 February 2005, 05:35 AM
This reminds me of Sweatbox, a documentary made by Trudie Styler about the painfully rocky process of making The Emperor's New Groove. You can read an article about that film here:

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Incidentally, I'd be very interested in seeing this film. If there's anyone out there with access to a copy of it, please let me know.

02 February 2005, 12:28 AM
Im gonna watch it tomorow. its showing in the theater about 5 minutes walking distance from my school. ill post a review :-D

02 February 2005, 05:54 AM
heh, I know i said i would post a review of it, but there wasnt a whole lot to review. about 40 minutes long it showed a nice personal touch to the fall of the 2d animation at disney. you get to hear the personal stories of several people who worked under the mouse and loved it.

I thought it was good, i would say its worth hunting down and checking out. A lot of animators from my school skipped class to go see it, one of the 2d classes took an unexpected feild trip to watch it. I was surprised to see so many people at the 2:30 showing.

worth checking out, thats my review :-D

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