Ottawa International Animation Festival

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) was founded in 1975.  It is the largest animation festival in North America. In 2008, OIAF held a special tribute to Richard Williams to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”  The tribute included an on-stage conversation with John …

Richard Williams and the Shah brothers

It is impossible to discuss Richard Williams without discussing ‘The Thief’, a project that consumed much of his career.  ‘The Thief’ had its origins in the mid-1960s when Richard Williams became very interested in Sufism, which is a concept related to an inner mysticalaspect of Islam – although some Sufi …

Upcoming book signings

The past six weeks have been a whirlwind of the trip to Annecy and London, then work travel, then some vacation travel, and then retirement. The photo above was taken at an impromptu book signing for family and friends on the dock at a cottage in Ontario.  Some public book …

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 …

Book cover

My earliest jottings in planning for a book on Roger Rabbit were made in January 2009.  Along the way, I interviewed over 140 people who were associated with some aspect of the Roger Rabbit universe – the early Disney development period, the Disney/Amblin development period, the production of live-action and …