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.
I’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.