Please note: if an earlier link doesn't work, it may have changed following an update! Check the Category Labels in the side-bar on the right! There you can find animator drafts for sixteen complete Disney features and eighty-six shorts,
as well as Action Analysis Classes and many other vintage animation documents!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Angel, and proud of it!

Yesterday, at a very nice, rather informal party in the Disney Archives, the inaugural Disney Archive Angels were certified. In the April 27th, 2007 Disney in-house Newsreel article is a list of all 26 Angels, and I am proud to be among them!

The event, wonderfully hosted by Archive Manager Becky Cline, marked the opening of the spacious Archives Library on the second floor of the Frank Wells building. This might have been the first and last time that food and drinks were allowed inside the Archives...
Disney Newsreel Vol 37 Issue 09 Certificate < Click on it!

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Anonymous David N says...

Congratulations you little angel , you.

That's really excellent . I'm glad you've been recognized for the work you've done preserving the Disney Animation legacy.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at 8:24:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Mark Sonntag says...

How cool. I didn't know they do stuff like that.

I love the Burbank photos, when I worked at Disney here in Australia there were some photos of the studio under construction lining the walls of the management area.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at 10:01:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Mark Mayerson says...

Hans, can you detail exactly what you've done that the Disney company feels is valuable? Obviously, you've done a tremendous service to animation fans by printing the animator drafts here, but have you done something specifically for Disney?

Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at 4:14:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Mark, actually this has nothing to do with my blog. Most importantly, I have given the archives copies of documents they did not have, and also 'donated some time' helping identify valuable historical non-animation items. The last thing I cannot go into further yet, but I do admit I felt very lucky to have been asked...

I often hear people say "if you donate something to the archives, you make sure it will never been seen again," and this is just not true. Instead, you enable accredited researchers to be more more knowledgable, and though it may be hard for folks without job numbers to get in to do their research, the good folks at the archives always answer emails with valid questions. And they can answer better if they know more and have access to more material. Especially now since there clearly is a new focus on preserving Walt Disney's legacy, more than at any time during the Eisner years...

The archives were set up in 1970 to preserve exactly the things I find exciting, and of course the company has often taken the stand that it should be a revenue-making entity. The one big boo-boo that Frank Wells made was insisting that all separate divisions be their own money machines, thereby splitting the Disney company into mini power centers with internal billing and bottom lines, the end of the cross-company synergy. Luckily it seems that Bob Iger understands that the value of the archives is not only monitary. Though their budgets still are very low, at least they are not frowned upon anymore, and they are coming out of the closet doing events, having the new library on the lot and generally get more historical material from the other entities, and (in my case) from the outside, too. I know that Dave, Robert, Becky, Rob, Brian, Ed etc. do their best to preserve the legacy and spirit of Walt Disney and the company he built, and whatever help we give them I am sure will come around in the end.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at 9:23:00 AM PDT  

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