Traditional Animation with Disney Legend Tony Anselmo

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  • Date & Time

    Sun, Jun 4 | 2pm | Ages 14 and up
  • Cost

    $65 members | $75 non-members | $55 student and youth members | $60 student and youth non-members
  • Location

    Learning Center

In today’s ever-digitizing world, it is essential for artists to learn the foundations of drawing, character construction, and other "tricks of the trade" of traditional Disney animation. In this two-hour course, Disney Legend, animator, artist, and voice of Donald Duck, Tony Anselmo, will answer your animation questions about hand-drawn animation, as it was done at The Walt Disney Studios during Walt’s lifetime. This class is for ages 14 and up and some animation experience is required.

About the Speaker

Tony Anselmo

Growing up in Northern California, Tony Anselmo was inspired by the first movie he ever saw, Mary Poppins. As a boy, he began drawing and making animated films using his Super 8 camera. His drawings earned him a full Disney Family Fellowship to CalArts, Walt Disney's fabled art school that has bred many successful Disney artists. Anselmo began his studies in the Character Animation Department, which was headed by Jack Hannah, who was director of the unit that produced Donald Duck shorts under Walt. Anselmo was selected to transfer to The Walt Disney Studios after his second year at CalArts and began work in the Animation department in 1980 directly under Eric Larson, one of Walt's Nine Old Men. As a highly-skilled animator, he has worked on nearly every traditionally animated Disney feature film since 1980. However, it was his close relationship with Clarence Nash, the original voice of Donald Duck, which would eventually lead to Anselmo’s second career behind the microphone as Donald’s voice. Upon Clarence’s passing in 1985, Anselmo became the second person to voice this cherished character. In 1989, Anselmo became the first person to both animate and voice Donald Duck for the 50th annual Academy Awards®, and has delighted audiences with Donald’s comedic antics ever since. In his youth, Anselmo began collecting Disney collectables and ephemera, and is known for his comprehensive collection of movie posters from each of Walt Disney's films. This expertise resulted in a 2002 art book, The Disney Poster Book featuring the Collection of Tony Anselmo, published by Disney Editions. Anselmo was nominated for an Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Presentation for his work as Donald Duck in Mickey, Donald, and Goofy: The Three Musketeers, and in 2009, Anselmo was named a Disney Legend. A longtime supporter of The Walt Disney Family Museum, Anselmo and co-presenter Bill Farmer performed together as Donald and Goofy at the museum’s 2015 gala.

Traditional Animation with Disney Legend Tony Anselmo
  • $65 members | $75 non-members | $55 student and youth members | $60 student and youth non-members
  • Learning Center