Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Animation Fun Facts for Tuesday Nov. 15,2011

Birthdays Bill Melendez- director of A Charlie Brown Xmas, Beverly D'Angelo- actress who began as a cell painter on Scooby Doo. Ed Asner the voice of Karl Fredrichs in Pixar's UP is 82,

1907- The comic strip Mutt & Jeff debuted. The strip was so popular that it’s creator Harry “Bud “ Fisher became a celebrity and negotiated the first large backend deals.

1934- Animator Bill Tytla starts at Disney's on a trial basis for $150 a week. He would create Grumpy the Dwarf, The Devil in Fantasia and Dumbo.

1965- Walt Disney announced he planned to build a second Disneyland, this time in Orlando Florida.

1989- Disney's The Little Mermaid debuted. When it opened in Copenhagen, director John Musker and Ron Clements attended a gala and sat next to the Queen of Denmark. They agonized over what would be her reaction to the reworking of the unhappy ending in this great Danish work, but the Queen's reaction was "It's beautiful! Hans Christian Andersen never could write a decent ending..."

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