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Full Text Of Glen Keane Resignation Letter

Glen Keane

Glen Keane

As reported ear­lier, Glen Keane, renown Dis­ney ani­ma­tor of such highly regarded films as The Lit­tle Mer­maid (1989), Beauty And The Beast(1991) and Aladdin (1992), announced his res­ig­na­tion from Dis­ney after thirty-eight years with the Mouse House. he announced his res­ig­na­tion to his col­leagues at Dis­ney in a let­ter. Here is the full text of Friday’s letter.

March 23, 2012

Dear Col­leagues and Friends of the Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studio,

After long and thought­ful con­sid­er­a­tion, I have decided to leave Dis­ney Animation.

I am con­vinced that ani­ma­tion really is the ulti­mate art form of our time with end­less new ter­ri­to­ries to explore. I can’t resist it’s siren call to step out and dis­cover them.

Dis­ney has been my artis­tic home since Sep­tem­ber 9,1974. I owe so much to those great ani­ma­tors who men­tored me—Eric Lar­son, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston—as well as to the many other won­der­ful peo­ple at Dis­ney whom I have been for­tu­nate to work with in the past nearly 38 years.

Over these four decades I have seen so many changes, but the one thing that remains the same is that we all do this because we love it.

I am hum­bled and deeply hon­ored to have worked side by side so many artists, pro­duc­ers and direc­tors dur­ing my career here at Dis­ney, and I am tremen­dously proud of the films which together we have cre­ated. I will deeply miss work­ing with you.

With my most sin­cere and heart­felt good wishes for your and Disney’s con­tin­ued artis­tic growth and success,


Sid the Science Kid” episode wins Genesis Award

Sid The Science Kid

Sid The Sci­ence Kid

Save the Stump!”, an episode of The Jim Hen­son Company’s partly ani­mated PBS Kids series Sid The Sci­ence Kid, won in the Children’s Pro­gram­ming cat­e­gory Sat­ur­day at the 26th Gen­e­sis Awards, pre­sented by the Humane Soci­ety of the United States.

In the episode, Sid and his dad are clear­ing a space for a bas­ket­ball court. While sur­vey­ing the land, Sid sees a stump teem­ing with lit­tle crea­tures. Dur­ing a field trip to the Sci­ence Cen­ter, Sid and his friends learn that there are ani­mal habi­tats all around us, even in old stumps, and that if one habi­tat is destroyed, then all of the oth­ers (includ­ing ani­mals) are affected.

Save the Stump” was filmed in the desert habi­tat exhibit and the kelp for­est habi­tat exhibit in Ecosys­tems Desert and Kelp For­est Zone at the Cal­i­for­nia Sci­ence Cen­ter in Los Angeles.

In the Fea­ture Film cat­e­gory, Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox’s ani­mated Rio lost to the same studio’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The Gen­e­sis Awards rec­og­nized Rise as the Out­stand­ing Fea­ture Film of the year for its exam­i­na­tion of the ethics of using chim­panzees in med­ical research.

Ain’t Nothin’ But Mut­ton Bustin’,” an episode of The Cleve­land Show, had been nom­i­nated for the Sid Cae­sar Com­edy Award. How­ever, it lost to The Col­bert Report — the win­ner for the sec­ond year in a row — for offer­ing a satir­i­cal twist on the whal­ing issue and a Utah legislator’s pro­posal to kill feral dogs and cats.

The Gen­e­sis Awards were pre­sented at a gala cer­e­mony at the Bev­erly Hilton in Bev­erly Hills, Cal­i­for­nia. The event will be shown as a one-hour spe­cial May 5 on Ani­mal Planet.

We paid trib­ute to an amaz­ing array of works that address ani­mal pro­tec­tion con­cerns, but the real win­ners of the HSUS’s 26th Gen­e­sis Awards are the ani­mals them­selves, who rely on these invalu­able voices to speak for them,” said Bev­erly Kaskey, senior direc­tor of the HSUS’s Hol­ly­wood Out­reach pro­gram and exec­u­tive pro­ducer of the annual Gen­e­sis Awards.

Host­ing the show was Car­rie Ann Inaba of Danc­ing with the Stars, who opened the cer­e­mony along­side Uggie, the show-stealing ter­rier from The Artist.

Glen Keane quits Disney Animation after 38 years

Glen Keane

Glen Keane

Glen Keane, an ani­ma­tor with Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios on such clas­sics as The Lit­tle Mer­maid (1989), Beauty And The Beast(1991) and Aladdin (1992), announced Fri­day that he’s leav­ing the com­pany after a 38-year gig.

After an incred­i­ble 38-year career as an ani­ma­tor, sto­ry­teller, and film­mak­ing pio­neer with Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios, Glen Keane has decided that the time has come to take the next step in his per­sonal explo­ration of the art of ani­ma­tion,” said a Dis­ney spokesper­son. “As much as we are sad­dened by his depar­ture, we respect his desires and wish him the very best with all his future endeavors.”

Although the stu­dio has been his “artis­tic home,” Keane said in a let­ter sent to his co-workers, he had decided after “long and thought­ful con­sid­er­a­tion” that there are “end­less new ter­ri­to­ries to explore,” so he’s look­ing elsewhere.

Glen Keane is the son of the late car­toon­ist Bil Keane, cre­ator of The Fam­ily Cir­cus.

He was largely respon­si­ble for such char­ac­ters as Ariel in The Lit­tle Mer­maid, the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, and the title char­ac­ters in Aladdin, Poc­a­hon­tas (1995) and Tarzan (1999).

His last Dis­ney project was Tan­gled (2010), for which he was cred­ited as ani­ma­tion super­vi­sor and direct­ing ani­ma­tor for the char­ac­ter of Rapun­zel. Accord­ing to one insider, Keane has been devel­op­ing sev­eral ideas, but was not attached to any future project at Dis­ney at the time of his departure.

Many in the ani­ma­tion com­mu­nity were shocked that he was leav­ing the Mouse House. “He’s such a Dis­ney icon and an inspi­ra­tion to so many peo­ple,” remarked one source.

I owe so much to those great ani­ma­tors who men­tored me — Eric Lar­son, Frank Thomas and Ollie John­ston — as well as to the many other won­der­ful peo­ple at Dis­ney whom I have been for­tu­nate to work with in the past nearly 38 years,” Keane said in his let­ter, which was posted on ani­ma­tion site Car­toon Brew. “I am con­vinced that ani­ma­tion really is the ulti­mate form of our time with end­less new ter­ri­to­ries to explore. I can’t resist its siren call to step out and dis­cover them.”

Godfather” actor, magician Tony Giorgio dies, 88

Joseph Anthony "Tony" Giorgio

Joseph Anthony “Tony” Giorgio

Actor and magi­cian Joseph Anthony “Tony” Gior­gio, who por­trayed Bruno Tattaglia in the clas­sic 1972 movie The God­fa­ther, died Feb­ru­ary 1 in Van Nuys, Cal­i­for­nia of car­diopul­monary fail­ure. The Sher­man Oaks, Cal­i­for­nia res­i­dent was 88.

Gior­gio pro­vided the voice of the Butcher in the 1982 half-hour spe­cial Ziggy’s Gift, which aired on ABC. It won the Emmy Award for Out­stand­ing Ani­mated Program.

A true Renais­sance man, he was a TV actor (The Prac­tice), stage actor (Big Julie in Guys and Dolls, star­ring Mil­ton Berle), tech­ni­cal advi­sor on magic and gam­bling (Mis­sion Impos­si­ble, Charlie’s Angels, Sting II, etc.), colum­nist (“The Gior­gio Let­ters” in Genii), author (Toss­ing Broads), lec­turer (con games and gam­bling scams), and card and dice hustler.

He pro­duced sev­eral DVDs still avail­able, includ­ing The Ulti­mate Work, an exten­sive train­ing video on the art of hand muck­ing (hold­ing out) and card manipulation.

Born in Herkimer, New York on Sep­tem­ber 27, 1923, Gior­gio grew up in Sch­enec­tady dur­ing the Great Depres­sion. He started doing magic tricks at the age of seven, and began his career in show busi­ness as a pro­fes­sional “ama­teur,” per­form­ing magic in tal­ent shows for pay. At age 12, he ran away from home to join a cir­cus and per­formed magic in a sideshow. Over the years, he tran­si­tioned from magic to pro­fes­sional hus­tler and then back to show busi­ness, work­ing along the way in a vari­ety of venues, from con­ven­tions and fra­ter­nal clubs to coun­try clubs, Las Vegas casi­nos and Hol­ly­wood studios.

In 1963, he was one of the early per­form­ers at the Magic Cas­tle, win­ning Close-up Magi­cian of the Year in the 1990s. He was hired by Play­boy Clubs in the 1960s to be their res­i­dent gam­bling expert.

His first appear­ance in films was as a card dealer in A Big Hand for the Lit­tle Lady (1966). Besides his role in The God­fa­ther, his most iconic film appear­ances were as Frank Palan­cio in Mag­num Force and Don Scagnelli in Amer­i­can Me.

Tony Gior­gio is sur­vived by his wife of 41 years, Kaye S. Jacobs-Giorgio, and by many nieces and nephews.

Sahara Hare (1955) — Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

Sahara Hare

Sahara Hare

CotD: The new Looney Tunes theme music begins with “Sahara Hare, a hare of Bugs and Sheik Riff Raff Sam in the desert.

Sahara Hare (1955) — Looney Tunes The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

While dig­ging a tun­nel head­ing for Miami Beach, Bugs some­how ends up in the Sahara Desert. He trudges through the desert and sees a mirage. He dives in the mirage and takes a bath.

After get­ting “footy prints” all over the Sahara, he meets up with bed­sheeted ban­dit “Sheik Riff Raff Sam” (played by Yosemite Sam, of course), who rides through the desert on his mis­guided, hump­backed camel. Sam, with towel-dispensing head­dress, runs Bugs down. Bugs is dry­ing his eyes and uses Sam’s head­dress as a towel. Sam stops his camel from charg­ing by hit­ting him over the head, thus giv­ing him another hump. He also tells the ani­mal, “Whoa, mule, whoa, mule!” Sam chases Bugs into a nearby deserted For­eign Legion fortress, bat­tling Bugs in an unsuc­cess­ful attempt to get in (Bugs locks him out).

Sam tries to get an ele­phant to charge the door. Bugs releases a mouse, and the ele­phant flees. Sam tries to enter by pole vault­ing, chis­el­ing out one of the blocks, and try­ing to approach the fort with stilts (he smacks into a rock wall). Sam makes a giant sling­shot using two trees and a rub­ber band; it throws him into a big tree. He finds a secret (labeled!) entrance and opens one door after the other till the last one, which is con­nected to explo­sives. Daffy Duck shows up at the very end.

Come see “Sahara Hare” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Drooler’s Delight (1949) — Woody Woodpecker Theatrical Cartoon Serie

Drooler's Delight

Drooler’s Delight

CotD: Ben Hard­away last voiced Woody Wood­pecker in “Drooler’s Delight; Grace Stafford would voice the rest of the Woody shorts pro­duced by her hus­band Wal­ter Lantz.

Drooler’s Delight (1949) — Woody Wood­pecker The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Woody Wood­pecker, suf­fer­ing from heat and com­mer­cials, plans to spend his last quar­ter to cool off with a “super-duper delight ice cream soda,” the “Drooler’s Delight,” but con man Buzz Buz­zard has other ideas. Woody finds that he must out­smart Buzz on his way to the fountain.

Come see “Drooler’s Delight” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Cat in Paris, Gruffalo’s Child premiere in Florida

Une Vie de Chat

Une Vie de Chat

The Oscar-nominated French ani­mated fea­ture “A Cat in Paris” and the British fea­turette “The Gruffalo’s Child” will both have their south­east­ern United States pre­mieres at the Florida Film Fes­ti­val, to be held from April 13 to 22.

Both films can be seen at 4 p.m. Sat­ur­day, April 14 at the Gar­den The­atre and at 12 noon Sun­day, April 15 at Regal Win­ter Park Vil­lage A.

The pre­mier show­case in Cen­tral Florida for Amer­i­can inde­pen­dent and inter­na­tional film, the 2012 Florida Film Fes­ti­val will have 168 films rep­re­sent­ing 31 coun­tries. In a record-breaking year, the fes­ti­val received more entries (1700+), and is offer­ing more films and world pre­mieres (28) than ever before.

Directed by Jean-Loup Feli­ci­oli and Alain Gag­nol, the 65-minute Une Vie De Chat (A Cat in Paris) is pre­sented in French with Eng­lish sub­ti­tles. Folim­age, the dis­tin­guished ani­ma­tion stu­dio behind Mia Et Le Migou (Mia and the Magoo), now brings us this bril­liantly hand-drawn adven­ture set in the shadow-drenched alley­ways of France’s City of Lights.

Dino is a cat that leads a dou­ble life. Dur­ing the day he lives a com­fort­able pet exis­tence with his owner Zoé, a lit­tle girl who refuses to talk, and her mother Jeanne, a police detec­tive. At night he assists Nico, an agile yet hon­or­able bur­glar, in high-end rob­beries. One night, Zoé decides to fol­low Dino on his escapades, and the trou­bles begin.

Nom­i­nated for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture at this year’s Acad­emy Awards, Euro­pean Film Awards, and Cesar (French Oscars) Awards, this thor­oughly charm­ing gem is a true delight and clever homage to clas­sic film noir. Chil­dren and par­ents alike will enjoy the unique visual style, the acro­batic chases from rooftop to rooftop across the Paris sky­line, and the amaz­ing Bil­lie Hol­i­day and Django Rein­hardt sound­track. What an experience!

It’s pre­ceded by the 27-minute The Gruffalo’s Child, directed by Johannes Wei­land and Uwe Hei­d­schot­ter. This equally endear­ing com­pan­ion film to the 2010 Oscar nom­i­nee for Best Ani­mated Short, 2009’s The Gruffalo, fea­tures the same all-star cast of voices, includ­ing Helena Bon­ham Carter, John Hurt, Tom Wilkin­son and Rob­bie Coltrane. An eager young Gruffalo (voiced by Shirley Hen­der­son) ignores her father’s warn­ings and embarks on a late-night adven­ture in search of the Big Bad Mouse. She meets Snake, Owl and Fox, but no sign of the fabled Mouse.… Does he really exist?

Show­ing in com­pe­ti­tion, Shorts Pro­gram 5: Ani­mated Shorts – with a total run­ning time of 89 min­utes — will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Wednes­day, April 18 and 9:30 p.m. Sat­ur­day, April 21 at Enz­ian. Here’s a rundown:

Fresh Gua­camole (dir. PES; U.S.A., 2012, 1.5 min.)
World Pre­miere
New York stop-motion leg­end PES (Roof Sex, West­ern Spaghetti, The Deep) is back with this lat­est take on the culi­nary arts. Pass the chips!

The Fly­ing House
(dirs. Win­sor McCay, Bill Plymp­ton; U.S.A., 1921/2012, 8.5 min.)
South­east Pre­miere
Restored, remas­tered, and now fea­tur­ing the voice tal­ents of Patri­cia Clark­son and Matthew Modine, Win­sor McCay’s timely and top­i­cal clas­sic short film from 1921 has been lov­ingly brought back to life for a whole new gen­er­a­tion by Florida Film Fes­ti­val favorite Bill Plympton.

(notes on) biol­ogy
(dir. Ornana; U.S.A., 2011, 6 min.)
Florida Pre­miere
An ani­mated account of an organ­ism adapt­ing to its envi­ron­ment. Noth­ing fights bore­dom like a super­hero elephant!

(dir. Kang­min Kim; U.S.A./South Korea, 2011, 8 min.)
East Coast Pre­miere
A film about the rela­tion­ship between a son, a father and a birth­mark. Induced by the intense heat of an old Korean bath­house, a man falls into a dream and relives an impor­tant memory.

Another Dress, Another But­ton
(dir. Lyn Elliot; U.S.A., 2011, 3 min.)
Florida Pre­miere
Ever won­der what hap­pens to all those spare but­tons that come with new clothes?

Miss Devine
(dirs. Mike Rauch, Tim Rauch; U.S.A., 2010, 3.5 min.)
South­east Pre­miere
In this Sto­ryCorps ani­mated doc­u­men­tary, cousins recall their Sun­day school teacher and neigh­bor from their child­hood grow­ing up in Braden­ton, Florida.

(dir. Jonah D. Ansell; U.S.A., 2011, 8 min.)
Fea­tur­ing the voice tal­ents of Christo­pher Lloyd and Kathy Bates, and “inspired by the wit of Shel Sil­ver­stein and wis­dom of William Shake­speare,” this bit­ter­sweet love story in verse fea­tures a dead old man who wants to say a last good­bye to his wife.

Flow­ers for Jupiter
(dir. Chris Mars; U.S.A., 2011, 6 min.)
East Coast Pre­miere
Blend­ing mul­ti­ple ani­ma­tion styles and live action, renowned visual artist and for­mer Replace­ments drum­mer Chris Mars brings his sur­real vision to life in this beau­ti­fully creepy and macabre tale of a young girl who has lost a fin­ger in an acci­dent she can barely remember.

Sum­mer Bum­mer
(dir. Bill Plymp­ton; U.S.A., 2011, 2 min.)
South­east Pre­miere
A man with a case of shark para­noia hes­i­tates before div­ing into a pool. Clas­sic Bill!

Dr. Break­fast
(dir. Stephen Neary; U.S.A., 2011, 7 min.)
South­east Pre­miere
A sur­real med­i­ta­tion on the quirky but reju­ve­nat­ing nature of friend­ship. When a man’s soul bursts out of his eye­ball and roams the earth on a destruc­tive path, two wild deer care for his cata­tonic body.

Tales of Mere Exis­tence: “Ran­dom Obser­va­tions About Sex&Sick of This
(dir. Lev Yil­maz; U.S.A., 2011, 6 min.)
World Pre­miere
Past Florida Film Fes­ti­val mul­ti­ple Audi­ence Award-winner Lev from San Fran­cisco returns with two more one-of-a-kind com­men­taries on sex, rela­tion­ships, and the state of things: “Ran­dom Obser­va­tions About Sex” and “Sick of This.”

Floyd the Android – “Dim Bulb
(dir. Jonathan Lyons; U.S.A., 2011, 2 min.)
An enter­pris­ing robot must change a light bulb in a dis­play at the top of an extremely tall skyscraper.

Red­dish Brown, Blueish Green
(dir. Saman­tha Gurry; U.S.A., 2011, 3 min.)
South­east Pre­miere
Inspired by a baby book found on the street in Philadel­phia, this unique work uses found objects as a cat­a­lyst to explore a family’s destruc­tive jour­ney through childhood.

Bed­time for Timmy
(dirs. Thomas Nicol, Becky Griesheimer; U.S.A., 2010, 3 min.)
Florida Pre­miere
It’s not easy to get to sleep when you’re con­vinced there’s a mon­ster in the room.

It’s Such a Beau­ti­ful Day
(dir. Don Hertzfeldt; U.S.A., 2012, 23 min.)
Bill finds him­self in a hos­pi­tal strug­gling with mem­ory prob­lems in this stun­ningly adven­tur­ous con­clu­sion to the two-time Best Ani­mated Short Grand Jury Award-winning tril­ogy by Enzian/Florida Film Fes­ti­val vet­eran Don Hertzfeldt (Every­thing Will Be OK and I Am So Proud of You).

With a total run­ning time of 91 min­utes, Inter­na­tional Ani­mated Shorts will be seen at 5:45 Sat­ur­day, April 21 at Regal Win­ter Park Vil­lage B and 1 p.m. Sun­day, April 22 at Enz­ian. This is what’s on tap:

Things You’d Bet­ter Not Mix Up
(dir. Joost Lieuwma; Nether­lands, 2010, 2 min.)
North Amer­i­can Pre­miere
Some­times you just have to point out the obvi­ous. Charm­ing beyond all mea­sure, this light-hearted romp offers one chuckle after another.

The Last Nor­we­gian Troll
(dir. Pjotr Sape­gin; Nor­way, 2010, 13 min.)
South­east Pre­miere
Hum­ble is the Nor­we­gian land­scape in this whim­si­cal tale of a once-young troll who wakes up old and alone in the mod­ern world. Fea­tur­ing the voice of Max von Sydow.

(dir. Richard Mans; New Zealand, 2011, 5 min.)
East Coast Pre­miere
The world was once a bleak and des­o­late place. When a band of imag­i­na­tive sci-fi crea­tures arrives, they bear the secret of life and all its beauty.

(dir. Juan Pablo Zaramella; Argentina, 2011, 6.5 min.)
Florida Pre­miere
A com­mon man has a secret plan to escape the clock­work of his life. When his beau­ti­ful and equally inven­tive co-worker dis­cov­ers his ploy, she shows him it takes two to tango.

(dir. Blanca Esteve; Spain, 2011, 1.5 min.)
In Span­ish with Eng­lish sub­ti­tles
South­east Pre­miere
Mor­ph­ing black and white imagery com­ple­ments this poem about a spe­cial kind of woman.

A Morn­ing Stroll
(dir. Grant Orchard; United King­dom, 2011, 7 min.)
This nifty lit­tle chicken never misses his morn­ing stroll. Win­ner of the Sun­dance 2012 Jury Prize in Ani­mated Short Film and nom­i­nated for the 2011 Acad­emy Award for Best Ani­mated Short Film.

Bride Can
(dir. Ronak Taher; Australia/Iran, 2011, 7 min.)
East Coast Premiere/Second U.S. Screen­ing
Blunt and art­ful crit­i­cisms on gen­der oppres­sion and the objec­ti­fi­ca­tion of women in Iran­ian soci­ety are the sub­jects of this sur­real, Python-esque ani­mated work.

The Maker
(dir. Christo­pher Keze­los; Aus­tralia, 2011, 5 min.)
Florida Pre­miere
Rec­og­niz­ing your pur­pose in life can make for a lone­some real­ity. The pup­pet and the puppet-maker rely heav­ily on one another in this harsh, roman­tic tale.

The Holy Chicken of Life and Music
(dir. Nomint; Greece, 2011, 3 min.)
South­east Pre­miere
There is no rea­son. There is only the chicken.

(dir. Tor Fruer­gaard; Den­mark, 2011, 8 min.)
In Dan­ish with Eng­lish sub­ti­tles
South­east Pre­miere
A clay­ma­tion cou­ple attempts to reignite their sex life by vis­it­ing an illicit swingers lounge. Adul­tery has never looked so adorable.

Prita Noire [Black Doll]
(dir. Sofia Car­rillo; Mex­ico, 2011, 8 min.)
In Span­ish with Eng­lish sub­ti­tles
Florida Pre­miere
Prita’s curios­ity pushes her to break the bound­aries of her strange and con­fined existence.

Robots of Brix­ton
(dir. Kibwe Tavares; United King­dom, 2011, 5.5 min.)
East Coast Premiere/Second U.S. Screen­ing
Sit­ting on the brink of a social col­lapse, the youth of this futur­is­tic city are thrust into chaos when police forces invade, and the strained inner-city pop­u­lace erupts into vio­lence echo­ing that of 1981.

The Goat and the Well
(dir. Ben Cady; United King­dom, 2010, 5 min.)
East Coast Pre­miere
A deter­mined lit­tle goat wreaks havoc on a grouchy old lady fetch­ing water and milk.

The Gloam­ing
(dir. Nobrain; France, 2010, 14 min.)
East Coast Pre­miere
A man who wakes up stranded in a desert plain stum­bles across an odd pud­dle. From the moment he molds it into his world, he’s lost con­trol of its fate… and his.

Also at the FFF, Acad­emy Award-winning direc­tor, screen­writer and pro­ducer Barry Levin­son will present Lib­erty Heights and engage the audi­ence in a live Q&A. Food­ies will unite for a one-of-a-kind dis­cus­sion on books, blogs, TV and film pro­vided by culi­nary super­stars Mar­cel Vigneron (Syfy Network’s Marcel’s Quan­tum Kitchen, Bravo’s Top Chef), Chad J. Galiano, Gui Ali­nat, Jeff Pot­ter and Martha Hall Foose.

The com­plete sched­ule of films and events is offi­cially launched and avail­able online at Ticket prices start at $10.

Animations on display this summer at London 2012

London 2012 Festival

Lon­don 2012 Festival

Orga­niz­ers on Fri­day revealed details on the film pro­gram for the Lon­don 2012 Fes­ti­val –- a 12-week United Kingdom-wide cul­tural cel­e­bra­tion from June 21 to Sep­tem­ber 9 bring­ing together lead­ing artists from across the world with the very best from Britain.

Simon McKeown’s Motion Dis­abled Unlim­ited records Par­a­lympic body shapes and actions and uses 3D soft­ware to cre­ate large inflat­able struc­tures, as well as ani­ma­tions for pre­sen­ta­tion both on pub­lic screens and on smart phones.

Joel Simon’s Macrop­o­lis is a short ani­mated film in which a group of soft toys rebels and escapes from a fac­tory to seek a new life among humans in the great outdoors.

Both films will be pre­sented at the South­bank Cen­tre as part of “Unlim­ited,” a com­mis­sion­ing fund for dis­abled and deaf artists at the Lon­don 2012 Festival.

Children’s BAFTA win­ner and Guin­ness World Record-holding film The Itch of the Golden Nit is dreamt up by over 34,000 of chil­dren across Britain, brought together by Tate and the cre­ative magic of Aard­man Ani­ma­tion, with voiceovers by David Wal­liams, Vic Reeves, Cather­ine Tate and Miranda Hart among oth­ers, and funded by Legacy Trust UK and BP with sup­port from the British Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion. The film will be screened dur­ing the fes­ti­val at Pic­ture­house Cin­e­mas across Britain dur­ing a series of sum­mer screen­ings at spe­cial fam­ily events.

The film pro­gram for the Lon­don 2012 Fes­ti­val not only show­cases the UK’s lead­ing tal­ent, but impor­tantly, when the eyes of the world are on us, gives a plat­form for young and emerg­ing film­mak­ers to show­case their work on a world stage,” said fes­ti­val direc­tor Ruth Mackenzie.

Said British Cul­ture Min­is­ter Ed Vaizey: “Our bril­liant film indus­try lies at the very heart of the UK’s cul­tural land­scape, and it is fit­ting that the Lon­don 2012 Fes­ti­val is cel­e­brat­ing our fan­tas­tic cin­e­matic achieve­ments with this excit­ing film program.”

Scent-imental Romeo (1951) — Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

Scent-imental Romeo

Scent-imental Romeo

CotD: Pepé is always the incur­able roman­tic, espe­cially in “Scent-imental Romeo as he chases another poor cat with a white paint stripe down her back.

Scent-imental Romeo (1951) — Mer­rie Melodies The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Pepé chases a cat who has painted a white stripe down her back to fool the zookeeper.

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Scrooge McDuck And Money (1967) — Walt Disney Studios

Scrooge McDuck And Money

Scrooge McDuck And Money

CotD: Other than a brief cameo appear­ance on the “Mickey Mouse Club” tele­vi­sion series, Scrooge McDuck’s first ani­mated appear­ance was in “Scrooge McDuck And Money .

Scrooge McDuck And Money (1967) — Walt Dis­ney Studios

Huey, Dewey and Louie stop by to see Scrooge McDuck and ask for advice on mak­ing their sav­ings grow; he tells them the his­tory of money and the basics of eco­nom­ics. Var­i­ous seg­ments explain what a bil­lion is, bud­get­ing and how to save.

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