The Academy ‘Animation Masters’ Program to Salute Winsor McCay, Walt Disney

'Animation Masters' EventThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that animation historian John Canemaker will be paying tribute to animation pioneers Winsor McCay and Walt Disney in a three part program that ends with a screening of Disney’s Fantasia. All three events will take place on Saturday, September 13 the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

‘Gertie the Dinosaur and the Birth of Personality Animation’ will commemorate Gertie the Dinosaur’s 100th birthday with a ‘salute to Gertie and her creator, the prolific comic strip artist and animation pioneer Winsor McCay. This richly illustrated look at McCay’s life and work includes four of his animated shorts, and a re-creation – with audience participation – of the legendary routine that introduced Gertie in McCay’s 1914 vaudeville act.’

The next program, ‘The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and the Secrets of Walt Disney’s Movie Magic’ — like Canemaker’s same-titled book — will explore ‘the fascinating mechanical and optical processes that enabled the Disney artists to delight the eye with dancing snowflakes, flying wraiths, erupting volcanoes and other visual treats, as detailed in a recently discovered notebook, compiled by photographer and effects specialist Schultheis during his 1938-41 tenure at the Disney studio.’

Lastly, the program will provide a screening of Fantasia.

Tickets to the event are $3 for Academy members and students and $5 for general admission and are now available for purchase at the event ticketing page.

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