Glendale Unit

The Grand Central area is located in Glendale not far, as the crow flies, from the Walt Disney Studio in Burbank… just on the east side of the Golden State Freeway.  It had been the location of the old Glendale municipal airport.  WED Enterprises (now, Walt Disney Imagineering) has been …

Classic Rock Group connections

Even though one can find ‘six degrees’ of almost anybody from anybody else, there are several connections to classic rock groups amongst the people who worked on Who framed Roger Rabbit that are much closer than ‘six degrees.’ Simon Wells, an animator on Who framed Roger Rabbit in London and …

Richard Williams – films

Animated Short and Feature Films: The Wardrobe (1958) – co-directed and co-animated by Richard Williams and George Dunning The Little Island (1958) – written, directed, animated, and produced by Richard Williams Love Me, Love Me, Love Me (1962) – directed, animated, and produced by Richard Williams A Lecture on Man …

Richard Williams Animation – ‘A Christmas Carol’

A Christmas Carol is Richard Williams’ 1971 adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella.  Chuck Jones was the executive producer.  The animation was drawn in the style of the original ‘A Christmas Carol’ illustrator, John Leech.  It was hand-drawn directly onto cels with grease pencil.  Alistair Sim reprised his role of …

Richard Williams Animation – Film Titles

The Apple (1963) – designer What’s New Pussycat? (1965) – title designer The Liquidator (1965) – title designer A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966) – title designer The Spy With the Cold Nose (1966) – title designer Casino Royale (1967) – title designer Prudence and …

Richard Williams Animation – Commercials

The selection of commercials (below) created at Richard Williams Animation shows the wide range of styles of which the studio was capable.  Of particular note in reference to Who framed Roger Rabbit is the Long Life Beer ‘9 Lives’ commercial.  It was the zaniness of this commercial that impressed Spielberg and Zemeckis …

Anniversary Celebrations

The making of Who framed Roger Rabbit was a special time for many of the people who worked on it.  Many of them were young and this was the first opportunity to work on a big ‘Hollywood’ production.  In many cases, it turned out to be the biggest production they …

Trading Pins

  Disney has made pinback buttons and cloisonné pins since the earliest Mickey Mouse Club days – and many pins were made at the time of the release of Who framed Roger Rabbit and especially after the costumed Roger Rabbit character came to the theme parks.   Pin trading and …