Pig Head sequence

In the Pig Head sequence, Eddie Valiant was kidnapped by the Weasels and taken to Toontown, where he was ‘toonarooed’ – painted with a Pig Head.  He is tossed out of the Toontown tunnel entrance and runs back to his apartment to shower off the Pig Head with turpentine. Although …

Sotheby’s Art auction

Much of the animation art available in the auction market in the 1980s had been ‘saved’ from garbage cans and dumpsters or ‘walked out the door’ by the artists who created it or studio collectors.  In the old days, cels were washed and reused.  Animation veterans talk about surfing down …

McDonald’s commercial (1988)

The Walt Disney Company had spent about $45 million to make Who framed Roger Rabbit and another $10 million on promotion.  The film’s popularity grew with the ‘buzz’ of positive reviews and word-of-mouth.  To ensure that it found an audience, Disney undertook an aggressive marketing cross-promotion with both Coca-Cola and McDonald’s.  …

Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin

  Mickey’s Birthdayland opened in 1988 at Walt Disney World in celebration of Mickey Mouse’s 60th birthday.  It was little more than a fixed costumed character ‘meet-and-greet’ location.  It was remodeled into more elaborate incarnations… as Mickey’s Starland and then as Mickey’s Toontown Fair.  It was closed in 2011 to …

Painting of The Forum by Peter Western

The Forum at 74-80 Camden St., at the intersection with Pratt St., had been a warehouse and then became an animation studio.  It housed the production of Who framed Roger Rabbit during 1987 and 1988, and then the final production push of Dick Williams’ The Thief and the Cobbler after …

V-neck sweaters

  It is not difficult to find photos of Richard Williams wearing a V-neck sweater.  It is what he wore most often on the few times that he visited the Glendale crew at the 1400 Airway building.  He had little interaction with the crew.  The animators appreciated Williams’ talent as …

Revenge of the Onion Bhaji

See the previous post about ‘Chef-in-a-Box’ meals. Chef-in-a-Box meals at The Forum     As animation production at The Forum wore on into late 1987 and early 1988, the sense of urgency about finishing on time for the planned release date increased exponentially and almost anything was done to keep people …

Rats Nest

Glen Keane was the first CalArts graduate to start in Disney Animation, but Darrell Van Citters was the first student to graduate from the CalArts Character Animation program.  He was hired by Disney in 1976.  Brad Bird, John Musker, and Jerry Rees were made offers they couldn’t refuse and left …