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With its 53rd animated feature, Frozen, under its belt and resting comfortably at the top of the box office, Walt Disney Animation Studios held a private party honoring 90 years of animation in the Walt Disney Studios’ Legends Plaza last night. Kicking off with a screening of Frozen, the cocktail reception was hosted by Robert Iger, John Lasseter, Alan Horn and Ed Catmull and counted numerous Disney legends, filmmakers, artists and voice talent amongst its guests.
Some of the attendeeds of the event included Disney Legends Tony Anselmo (voice of Donald Duck), Kathryn Beaumont (voice of Alice in Alice in Wonderland and Wendy in Peter Pan), Alice Davis (Disney legendary artist in her own right and wife of legend Marc Davis), Bill Farmer (voice of Goofy), Floyd Norman (animator Sleeping Beauty, Jungle Book and first African American animator at Disney), Milton Quon (artist Fantasia, Dumbo — also 100 years young), Richard Sherman (composer Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book and many, many more), Russi Taylor (voice of Minnie Mouse), Ruthie Thompson (40-year career as inker, currently 103 years young) and Dave Smith (founder and former chief archivist at the Walt Disney Archives).
Animators and other film talent attending included Ron Clements (director The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog), Mike Gabriel (first film was The Fox & the Hound, directed Rescuers Down Under, Pocahontas, Art Director Wreck–It Ralph), Burny Mattinson (celebrating his 60th year at the company, storyboard artist perhaps best known for Winnie the Pooh and Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Margaret Kerry (reference model for Tinker Bell in Peter Pan), Andreas Deja (animator Scar in The Lion King, Jafar in Aladdin), Rich Moore (director Wreck It Ralph), Jenny Lewis (writer/performer Bolt), Josh Gad, Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck, Peter Del Vecho, Christophe Beck and Mark Henn from Frozen and Dorothy McKim and Eric Goldberg from Get A Horse!
Below is a gallery of images from the event last night. Click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version of the image.
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Photos by Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty Images, courtesy Walt Disney Studios