The fourth annual World Animation and VFX Summit provided an ideal forum for the global industry’s most
fascinating participants to exchange ideas and insights with each other.
Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks, Clyde Geronimi, cartoonist Carl (Scrooge McDuck), cartoonist Chic Young ( Blondie), Disney’s first female artist Blanca Majolie, sfx director Eiji Tsuburaya. Foundings: The Society of Illustrators in New York.
Births: Stephen Hillenburg ( SpongeBob SquarePants), Joe Murray ( Rocko’s Modern Life), director Eric Darnell, director Tim Johnson, animator/producer Bruce Timm, writer/producer Al Jean, director Peter Jackson, anime director Noriyuki Abe, animator Michaela Pavlátová, animator Chris Landreth, French cartoonist Lefred Thouron, Serbian comicker Zoran Janjetov, voice actress Elizabeth “E.G.” Daily. Foundings: The California Institute of the Arts, Bagdasarian Film. Releases: 101 Dalmatians, Noburo Ofuji’s The Life of Buddha, Soyuzmultfilm’s Cipolino and The Key; TV: The Yogi Bear Show, The Alvin Show, Dudley Do-Right, Top Cat, Snagglepuss, Out of the Inkwell, Tales of the Wizard of Oz, The Dick Tracy Show. Births: Producer Fred Seibert, director and vfx producer Phil Tippett, director Richard Rich, anime director Mamoru Oshii, voice of Disney’s Genie Robin Williams, voice actress Tress MacNeille, director John McTiernan ( Predator), comic-book artist Don Rosa ( Scrooge McDuck), Muppet puppeteer Richard Hunt. Debuts: Chip ’n’ Dale in Chicken in the Rough, nis the Menace strip. Foundings: Hungary’s Pannonia Film Studio. Events: First commercial color TV broadcast (CBS New York), Cinderella is nominated for the Golden Bear at the inaugural Berlin Int’l Film Festival. Releases: Alice in Wonderland, Amazon Symphony (first Brazilian animated feature), Soyuzmultfilm’s The Night Before Christmas. Births: Hayao Miyazaki, Rintaro (Hayashi Shigeyuki), Yuriy Norshteyn, Danish animator Jannik Hastrup, Belgian animator Nicole Van Goethem, director Wolfgang Petersen, comic-book artist and creators’ rights activist Neal Adams, voice actor Peter Cullen. Debuts: Tom and Jerry named in The Midnight Snack, Superman short. Releases: Dumbo, Mr. Bug Goes to Town, Princess Iron Fan (first Chinese animated feature), The Reluctant Dragon, first solo Bugs Bunny cartoon Hiawatha’s Rabbit Hunt, Tex Avery’s Tortoise Beats Hare, Bob Clampett’s The Great PIggy Bank Robbery. Events: Leon Schlesinger orders The Looney Toon Lockout of Guild cartoonists but relents after six days. Animator Art Babbitt joins the guild and is fired by Disney, leading to the five-week Disney Strike. Norman McLaren kickstarts National Film Board of Canada animation production.
Foundings: Mamoru Hosoda’s Studio Chizu. Events: Universal forms the Illumination-Mac Guff studio, Paramount Animation is re-established, Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist wins the first Cesar Award for Best Animated Film, Disney Junior programming block launches. Releases: Rango, Rio, Puss in Boots, Winnie the Pooh, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Gnomeo & Juliet, Arthur Christmas, Cars 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, Happy Feet Two, Open Season 3, Mars Needs Moms, Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, Goro Miyazaki’s From Up on Poppy Hill, Joann Sfar’s The Rabbi’s Cat, Michel Ocelot’s Tales of the Night, Jean-François Laguionie s The Painting, A Monster in Paris, Wrinkles, Kikoriki, La Leyenda de La Llorona, Legends of Valhalla: Thor, Top Cat: The Movie, Bob’s Burgers, The Amazing World of Gumball, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, The Looney Tunes Show, China, IL, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Bubble Guppies, LEGO Ninjago, Almost Naked Animals, 1001 Nights, Justin Time, Mike the Knight, The Jungle Bunch, Rastamouse, Punky, Mouk, Scaredy Squirrel, Matt Hatter Chronicles, Deadman Wonderland [