Dusting the cobwebs off

Funny thing about blogging, once you take a few weeks off, it gets hard to get back into it.  Especially when one is (pleasantly) too busy for any kind of thoughtful writing.  But after the high of the Milt Kahl: The Animation Michaelangelo program at the Academy last night, it’s time to get back into it.

Shere Khan keysI’m talking about the 13th Marc Davis Celebration of Animation, which has gotten lots of discussion at Cartoon Brew, among other places. I’m sorry to say I don’t have any summary of the event to add — how do you summarize Andreas Deja showing and discussing scores and scores of Milt’s originals, or Alice Davis and Sybil Byrnes (Milt’s daughter) sharing great personal anecdotes, or Brad Bird and other bright lights in the animation firmament discussing the great man’s work? Let me just link to the pencil test of Milt’s Jungle Book scene of Mowgli climbing a tree — Brad Bird described this scene as the most mind-blowing of all of Milt’s scenes, one he studied in the animation morgue at Disney many times and still couldn’t fully grasp (thanks to Victor Ens for putting it up, and to Jim Hull for linking it at Seward Street, where I found it).

That’s it for now.  I’m going to try to be a little more regular about posting here, and sorry for staying away so long.

Add On:  Hans Perk has posted scans of the program for the Milt Kahl event.  Check it out here.

3 Responses to “Dusting the cobwebs off”

  1. Rob Says:

    Hey Kevin,

    Thanks for the link….Milt’s scene is amazing. Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

  2. alonso Says:

    welcome back! your posts have always been enlightening, hope to see you finding the time to post more soon 🙂

  3. C. Lee Says:

    All I really want to know is the conservative worth of my Penquin B’day card, faux Maxfield Parrish or my other cherished art work from Dr. K. I would love to hear from Kevin and hear the latest news in his life. As for me, I am re-reading LonesomeDove.
    Care to come to June Lake and get out of the city?

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