Walt Stanchfield training classes

The Richard Williams Animation crew moved to The Forum in Camden Town in early March 1987 and the Disney animators followed in early April.  The Forum had been converted from a warehouse to an animation studio – with animation desks designed and built by Sam Sewell.  At the start, Disney U.K. occupied the 4th and 5th floors of the 5-storey building, but expanded to the 3rd floor during the summer of 1987.

As the facility was being prepared – so were the crew.  An important aspect of the training was to coach the animators on convincing human movement, especially in preparation for the work on Jessica Rabbit.  Don Hahn arranged to bring Walt Stanchfield to London for the training.  Walt Stanchfield (1919-2000) started working at the Charles Mintz Studio in 1937, straight out of high school.  He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and worked for a time at the Walter Lantz Studio on his safe return to California.  He joined the Disney Studio to work on The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949).  His final Disney feature was The Great Mouse Detective (1986).

Eric Larson and Walt Stanchfield conducted the animator training program at Disney in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  Stanchfield’s lectures are preserved in a two volume set of books prepared by Don Hahn and published by Focal Press in 2009.

Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes, Stanchfield Lectures

My understanding is that these photos were taken by Hans Bacher.