My blog today is a detailed description of the inventory I found in those boxes of long ago.
A brochure welcoming me to the 'Disney family', explaining the rich history of Walt and the studio on my first day as a animation trainee...
Another brochure explaining all the departments and their functions, designed to help me navigate seamlessly through the work day...the back cover stating Good Luck in your new role...producing "The finest in family entertainment"!
The studio Disneyland Line newsletter, special edition, dated September 20, 1976.
The author is asking if The Old Disney Magic can be recaptured by the nine new men (of animation?)...time has answered that question with the emergence of Glen Keane, Andreas Deja, Mark Henn,Tony DeRosa, Bruce Smith, Dale Baer, Eric Goldberg, Nik Ranieri and the list could go on and on. Tim Burton, Brad Bird and a host of others also got their start in the animation trainee department.
The article went into detail about the studios' history under Walt's leadership, past and present productions, some personal insights and the trainee department... a direct quote from the newsletter says, "There are so few women in cartoon work that such terms as story person or layout person have not yet evolved. But the team includes four women and two blacks, representations that were rare and unknown respectively, among the first generation at Disney's."...
This same article refers to the new generation of leadership who were to recapture the Old Disney Magic...left to right: Andy Gaskill, Don Bluth, John Pomeroy and Gary Goldman look at a test on a moviola.
Another Studio newsletter dated January 27, 1978 announcing Frank and Ollie's retirement, the main reason for starting the animation trainee department...
A Newsreel (on the right), dated April 7, 1978 announcing another animation veteran's retirement after 44 years...
On the back cover of this Newsreel is an announcement of six individuals (including me) who were promoted to 'full' animators, a month before my major surgery.
A copy of this July 28, 1978 Studio Newsreel reveals the animation trainee department, under Eric Larson, is still making news.
A copy of the Disney Times newspaper, (this one dated June, 1979), got delivered to our home doorsteps monthly.
Before it was all over I had worked in three different buildings and a trailer in the Flower St. area...
Smiling animators, Mark Henn and Dave Block, at their desks...wonder what their expressions would have been had they known that it would be ten years before animation would 'go home'.
Wow, maybe I'll find even more treasures when it is time to take "Christmas" down for 2013. Stay tuned, you never know what's lurking in all that "stuff" packed away in boxes, plastic tubs and canvas zip bags!
(All images are shown for encouragement and inspiration only.)