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Looney Tunes Have Returned

 Anyone who grew up in my era remembers Saturday morning cartoons.  Even back then we knew that Bugs Bunny was the best, back before the cheap animation coming from overseas was available on a myriad of channels. Give me Warner Brothers and 3 working channels back in...

Disney & The Death of 2D Animation: Mike Surrey Part 5

Mike Surrey lived through one of the most unthinkable moments in animation history -- the day that Walt Disney Feature Animation would close it's door to an 86 year lineage of hand drawn animation. The Princess and the Frog was the 49th, and final, 2D animated feature...

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From Disney to Dreamworks with Mike Surrey

After the huge success of The Lion King, Mike's involvement with Disney began a slow decline, beginning with his next role of Clopin on Huntchback which took him to Paris. From there the roles and shows became a tiring grind that eventually led him to Dreamworks which...

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The Lion King with Mike Surrey

Mike's big break came on Disney's animated production of The Lion King, but it wasn't smooth sailing for Mike to land the role. The Lion King wasn't expected to perform well at the box-office, the big film was Pocahontas where all the heavy hitters were. And to...

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Green Eggs and Ham Coming to Netflix this Fall

https://youtu.be/_LAUBQTyE5M  Green Eggs and Ham animated series is coming to Netflix this November. Produced by Ellen Degeneres. Voice talent includes Adam Devine and Michael Douglas. I worked on this project with Michael Greenholt on episodes 6 and 8. The story is a...

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Disney Animation Legend Michael Surrey Part 1

He was Supervising Animator for Timon on The Lion King, Clopin on Huntchback, and Ray on Princess and the Frog. In the first part of my conversation Mike talks about his development as an animator, his years at Sheridan, and his first contact with Disney Animation....

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John Ebersberger and the Future of Color

Henry Hensche believed he was part of the painters of the future who took the lessons of the Impressionists to the next level, and John Ebersberger has spent his career trying to carry Hensche's vision forward with his own art.  SHOW NOTES John Ebersberger’s Website...

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The Hensche Legacy: A Conversation with John Ebersberger

The second great artistic influence in John's life, was a man who not only shared Charles Hawthorne's perspective on color, he took it to a new level. Get ready for a fascinating look at color and an artistic lineage in the grand history of American Art. This is the...

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A Conversation with painter John Ebersberger

One of the things that fascinates me about artists is how they got to where they are as creative professionals. What were the formative influences that shaped them as artists?  What were the major challenges they faced, and what drove them to overcome them? Annapolis...

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