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Monday, May 13, 2013

A Fun Film for a Very Good Cause

Taking a little break - What? No! - Yes! - for a very good cause.
It is that not many days ago that everyone's sweetheart Annette Funicello passed away from the terribly debilitating illness Multiple Sclerosis. It is therefore my pleasure to present below fun little film featuring Annette, in the hope that The Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases gets a little more awareness. For that reason also I skip today's Lady and the Tramp draft - but it WILL continue tomorrow!

Note that the animation mimics the title sequence of "The Misadventures of Merlin Jones," which gave Kevin the idea for his paper sculptures in the first place. The animation is styled to move within the range of a physical, paper puppet. (Also see the Oscar-nominated featurette "A Symposium on Popular Songs," with similar stop-motion sequences by Justice and Atencio.)

Here is the official press release:

LOS ANGELES, May 12, 2013 -- A new 97-second musical video, starring an animated Annette Funicello, is premiering today on YouTube at It was produced to honor the Disney icon who passed away at age 70 just over a month ago from complications due to multiple sclerosis (MS). The animation was designed to help generate awareness and foster donations to The Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases Inc. Created by Florida based animator, Bob Duane, and west coast artist, Kevin Kidney, the piece features an animated Annette singing and dancing to the ragtime style tune “Mr. Piano Man,” a number she actually performed at Disneyland’s famous Golden Horseshoe Saloon in the 1960’s.

The artwork for the animation was developed by Kidney who designed the Golden Horseshoe Annette character as a paper-cut piece that he donated for auction to Annette’s Fund to help raise money for the charity. The image was seen online by Orlando animator, Bob Duane, who contacted Kidney about animating it to the original Annette production number that was written by Academy Award winning songwriters, the Sherman Bros., the famous duo who wrote many hit records for the Disney star. The two artists were soon off and running with the concept.

Duane, a Disney aficionado, animated Kidney’s Golden Horseshoe Annette in the distinctive style of Disney animation legends, Bill Justice and X Atencio. The result is now featured on YouTube for all to enjoy…and hopefully raise much needed dollars to fund research grants into Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological disease research through Annette’s Fund.

To donate to The Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases Inc., please visit



Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

It's okay to miss out a day...although the awareness funding sounds great. I admire her performance and vocals for the introduction song in MERLIN JONES--which is probably the only highlight of the film.

It's such a shame she died suddenly at 70 last month, and I remember the same day as Maggie Thatcher died. I was more saddened of her death, than certainly, the latter.

Monday, May 13, 2013 at 1:58:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Zartok-35 says...

Hey Hans, do you have the draft for 'Symposium on Popular Songs'?

Monday, May 13, 2013 at 4:25:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Sadly, I do not have the draft to Prod. 3178, A Symposium on Popular Songs. I'd like to have it, though...

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 5:28:00 AM PDT  

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