Robin Williams in Back to Neverland

Robin Williams, Walter Cronkite and Jerry Rees prepare for the opening scene.

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Written & Directed by Jerry Rees

Starring Robin Williams & Walter Cronkite

This award winning short film, combining live action and animation, played in the main theater at Disney/MGM Studios’ Animation Pavilion. Walter Cronkite, in his familiar role of trusted newscaster, set out to reveal the secrets behind Disney animation. Robin, in the role of Disney World tourist, volunteered to help with Walter’s show-and-tell. With a twinkle in his eye, Walter called on his assistant Tinkerbell to transport them to a magical limbo where anything could happen.

Step by step, Robin was transformed into an animated character – a Little Lost Boy from the classic film Peter Pan. Robin suddenly found himself facing the notorious Captain Hook. Experiencing everything from utter fear, to total joy, Robin learned that strong and believable emotions have always been at the heart of the Disney animation.

Rees, who began his career as a Disney Feature Animator, sums it up this way; “It’s not how you move the drawings, it’s how the drawings move the audience.”

Roy Disney, nephew of Walt Disney, and devoted keeper of the family legacy, discusses storyboards for the Captain Hook showdown with “Back to Neverland” Director Jerry Rees.

 

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