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 …