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    Mary Blair's World of Color - A Centennial Tribute 10/20/11

    The 17th Marc Davis Celebration of Animation

    Mary Blair's World of Color - A Centennial Tribute


    When
    Thursday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.
    Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

    Where
    Samuel Goldwyn Theater
    8949 Wilshire Boulevard
    Beverly Hills, CA 90211

    Featuring Pete Docter, Michael Giaimo, Eric Goldberg, Susan Goldberg and Daisuke "Dice" Tsutsumi.

    Panel moderated by animation critic and historian Charles Solomon.

    The unmistakably bold and colorful designs of Mary Blair (1911-1978) continue to inspire and influence artists in all areas of animation today.

    Although Mary Blair is perhaps best known for the design of Disneyland's "it's a small world" attraction and park murals, her concept artwork for "Cinderella," "Alice in Wonderland" and "Peter Pan" in the 1950s, as well as for earlier short subjects, reflects her unique sensibility and lasting influence on animation.

    The panelists will not only celebrate Blair's work as an artist and stylist, but will also show examples and discuss how her work has influenced their own.


    Scheduled panelists include:

    PETE DOCTER, a director who received the 2009 Oscar for Animated Feature Film for "Up" and was nominated for Original Screenplay for "Up," "WALL-E" and "Toy Story," Animated Feature Film for "Monsters, Inc." and Animated Short Film for "Mike's New Car."

    MICHAEL GIAIMO, a character designer for "The Brave Little Toaster" and "FernGully: The Last Rainforest," as well as the art director for "Pocahontas" and a visual development artist for "Home on the Range."

    ERIC GOLDBERG, the supervising animator for the Genie in "Aladdin," Phil in "Hercules" and Rabbit in "Winnie the Pooh." He was also the director of "Pocahontas" and the "Rhapsody in Blue" and "Carnival of the Animals" segments of "Fantasia/2000."

    SUSAN GOLDBERG, the art director for the "Rhapsody in Blue" and "Carnival of the Animals" sequences in "Fantasia/2000" and an assistant animator on "Pocahontas," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Hercules."

    DAISUKE "DICE" TSUTSUMI, the lead color key artist on "Robots," the lead color designer for "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!" and the art director on "Toy Story 3."


    Tickets to this event are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. On sale starting October 3 online, by mail, and in person at the Academy Box Office.

    Mary Blair's World of Color | Events Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
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    Re: Mary Blair's World of Color - A Centennial Tribute 10/20/11

    Sounds like it'll be another fantastic panel, I'm definitely going. Thanks for sharing the info as always.


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    Re: Mary Blair's World of Color - A Centennial Tribute 10/20/11

    ^A pleasure, as always this looks to be yet another truly special event!

    Tickets on sale now!
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    Re: Mary Blair's World of Color - A Centennial Tribute 10/20/11

    The event is now
    SOLD OUT !
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    Re: Mary Blair's World of Color - A Centennial Tribute 10/20/11

    From the 10/17 Los Angeles Times:
    Classic Hollywood: A colorful tribute to Disney's Mary Blair

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate the late visual stylist at Disney who worked her magic on 'Cinderella,' 'Peter Pan' and other projects.


    There were the Nine Old Men, Walt Disney's famed founding animators, and then there was visual stylist Mary Blair.

    Along with such legends as Marc Davis, Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas and Wolfgang Reitherman, Blair worked on the studio's animated features for more than 20 years — the only woman to have such a prominent role at Disney.

    "She influenced the tone of the picture with her use of color and design," said Michael Giaimo, art director on Disney's 1995 "Pocahontas" and visual development artist on 2004's "Home on the Range." "So many design elements that were more finessed by the time the stories reached the screen, all had a genesis in her designs."

    Blair, who died in 1978 at age 66, is the subject of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 17th Marc Davis Celebration of Animation lecture Thursday evening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. "Mary Blair's World of Color — A Centennial Tribute" will feature panelists Pete Docter, who directed the 2009 Oscar winner "Up" as well as 2001's "Monsters, Inc.; Giaimo; Eric Goldberg, supervising animator for the Genie in 1992's "Aladdin" and director of "Pocahontas"; his wife, Susan Goldberg, who was the art director for "Rhapsody in Blue" and "Carnival of Animals" sequences in "Fantasia/2000"; and Daisuke "Dice" Tsutsumi, art director on 2010's Oscar-winning "Toy Story 3." Animation historian Charles Solomon hosts.

    Blair and her husband, Lee Everett Blair, were animators. Her husband joined Disney in the late 1930s and Blair followed him in 1940; a year later she worked on "Dumbo." In 1941, the couple were invited to join other animators as well as Disney and his wife, Lillian, on a good-neighbor trip to various South American countries. Blair and her husband began work on concept art for the eye-popping Technicolor-animated films "Saludos Amigos" (1942) and 1944's "The Three Caballeros," with Blair receiving credit as art supervisor.

    But she is best known for supplying the concept designs for Disney's 1950 animated "Cinderella," 1951's "Alice in Wonderland" and 1953's "Peter Pan." She also designed the Fantasyland boat ride "It's a Small World."

    Giamio said that Disney had incredible artists and amazing craftsman, "but where Mary Blair was unique was that the work that she did here at the studio was not only beautiful work, what she did went beyond the project into a pure art form. It became art. It became a statement unto itself."

    Her work, he added, transports you to another world. "Her most distinctive factor is that she is kind of showing us her soul. It is not just slick commercial art, it is the combination of commercial and the personal in the artistic sense. She puts herself into her art work and it transcends the greatest of the Disney movies."
    full article at:
    A colorful tribute to Disney's Mary Blair: Classic Hollywood - latimes.com
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    Re: Mary Blair's World of Color - A Centennial Tribute 10/20/11

    The Happiest Birthday On Earth to

    MARY BLAIR!








    ---------- Post added 10-21-2011 at 01:26 AM ----------

    At the end of the evening's program Pete Docter announced that Google was honoring Mary Blair with a special page today:

    Last edited by ALIASd; 10-21-2011 at 12:09 PM.
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    Re: Mary Blair's World of Color - A Centennial Tribute 10/20/11

    It was as expected a very special night at the Academy. The Sold-Out (and packed!) Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills included a number of Disney names such as Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino, legendary animator Andreas Deja, Paul Felix art director of WDAS' most recent release, 'Winnie The Pooh', 'Bolt' and the upcoming, 'The King of the Elves', Animation Research Library Curator & Creative Director Lella Smith and staff, the Disneyland crew of Marty Sklar, Tony Baxter and Stacia Martin and even MiceChat's own Pixie Chick!

    Some of the stand-out experiences of the evening were seeing the Blair-influenced shorts 'Once Upon a Wintertime' from 1948's 'Melody Time' and 1952's 'Susie the Little Blue Coupe' and 'The Little House' on the big screen and the one-night-only exhibition of original Mary Blair concept artwork from the studio's ARL. Up close they are revelations, particularly the cut paper collage of the 1964 World's Fair piece.

    And a special bonus moment: panelist Michael Giamo's onstage introduction by animation historian and author Charles Solomon included the credit, 'Art Director of 'The Snow Queen'. After the event I asked Mike about this and he confirmed to me that he is indeed currently at work on the long-ingestation pre-production of 'The Snow Queen' for Walt Disney Animation Studios.
    Last edited by ALIASd; 10-22-2011 at 10:31 AM.
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    Re: Mary Blair's World of Color - A Centennial Tribute 10/20/11

    What a beautiful tribute to such a talented artist.

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    Re: Mary Blair's World of Color - A Centennial Tribute 10/20/11

    It was an amazing night. My respect for Mary Blair increased so much after hearing the input from everybody and the experiences Alice Davis and Maggie Blair had. Hearing about Snow Queen was a nice bonus too.

    I was sitting right across the aisle from Pete Docter. I so desperately wanted to say hello and perhaps get an autograph, but I was too scared and I know the Academy has a no autograph policy for their speakers.


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    Re: Mary Blair's World of Color - A Centennial Tribute 10/20/11

    The Academy has now posted video excerpts from the tribute on it's site:

    Mary Blair's World of Color | Events Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
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