60 Years Ago: Operation Disneyland

Photo courtesy Chuck Pharis Two of my favorite things are Disneyland and Television. In celebration of Disneyland’s 60th anniversary I decided to post the behind the scenes ABC video showing the technical preparations. Below is the actual show from opening day itself. You can see how far TV and Disneyland have come over the years. Thanks to Eyes Of A Generation and Chuck Pharis for the photos … Continue reading 60 Years Ago: Operation Disneyland

Development of a Bipedal Robot that Walks Like an Animation Character

From Disney Research. Authors Seungmoon Song (Disney Research Pittsburgh) Joohyung Kim (Disney Research Pittsburgh) Katsu Yamane (Disney Research Pittsburgh) IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2015 May 26, 2015 Our goal is to bring animation characters to life in the real world. We present a bipedal robot that looks like and walks like an animation character. We start from animation data of a … Continue reading Development of a Bipedal Robot that Walks Like an Animation Character

Gary Owens Interview

Gary Owens performs in a skit at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards with Lilly Tomlin as Ernestine. Here is a very good interview from the Laugh-In DVD collection with Gary Owens. He talks about how he got his start in radio and then television. Gary also goes into depth about his animation voice work, meeting Walt Disney, as well as his connection to Mel Blanc. I remember … Continue reading Gary Owens Interview

Walt Before Mickey – Exclusive Trailer

From our friends over at DisneybyMark. Walt Before Mickey, is a big screen movie about the life of a simple man with a big dream: Walt Disney. Set in the early 1900′s, the film is based on the book Walt Before Mickey that chronicles Walt’s early years and his rise to success. This feature film is being produced by Armando Gutierrez (Henry & Me), Jeff Rice … Continue reading Walt Before Mickey – Exclusive Trailer

Disney Research Automatic Editing of Footage from Multiple Social Cameras

Disney Research demonstrated Automatic Editing of Footage from Multiple Social Cameras at SIGGRAPH. Video cameras that people wear to record daily activities are creating a novel form of creative and informative media. But this footage also poses a challenge: how to expeditiously edit hours of raw video into something watchable. One solution, according to Disney researchers, is to automate the editing process by leveraging the first-person viewpoints of … Continue reading Disney Research Automatic Editing of Footage from Multiple Social Cameras

Robin Williams in Back to Neverland

Robin Williams, Walter Cronkite and Jerry Rees prepare for the opening scene. From JerryRees.com Go there for more great photos and information. I worked with Jerry Rees when I was at Walt Disney Imagineering. His is a very talented guy and is best known for the delightful Brave Little Toaster. He went to Cal Arts. Written & Directed by Jerry Rees Starring Robin Williams & Walter Cronkite This … Continue reading Robin Williams in Back to Neverland

Lucid Dreams of Gabriel – Teaser

From Variety, Disney and Swiss pubcaster SRF unveil experimental short at Locarno fest. At the Locarno Film Festival, the Disney lab and SRF jointly unveiled an impressive experimental short titled “Lucid Dreams of Gabriel” (see teaser) which for the first time displayed local frame variation, local pixel timing, super slow motion effects, and a variety of artistic shutter functions showcasing this “The Flow-of-Time” technique. The … Continue reading Lucid Dreams of Gabriel – Teaser

Only Known Footage of Union Station Opening, Shot by Ward Kimball

From The Academy Collection, THE OPENING OF UNION STATION In honor of Union Station‘s 75th Anniversary, Metro and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in cooperation with the family of Ward Kimball, have restored the only known footage of the historic opening. Documented in the home movie, the parade drew half a million spectators to downtown Los Angeles. The silent 6-minute color film clip features train engines, vintage … Continue reading Only Known Footage of Union Station Opening, Shot by Ward Kimball

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at The Walt Disney Family Museum

Mary Blair stands before her Tomorrowland mural design. Click on her AT&T CircleVision 360 ad below to enlarge. The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to present MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair. On view from March 13 to September 7, 2014, this comprehensive exhibition explores the artistic process and development of one of Walt Disney’s most original, beloved, and influential designer and … Continue reading MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at The Walt Disney Family Museum