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Updated at 7:08 a.m., Friday, April 20, 2007

Roy Disney speaking at UH on animation, film world

Advertiser Staff


Roy Disney, former chairman of Walt Disney Studio's Animation Department, is the featured speaker at the Academy for Creative Media lecture at UH-Manoa today.

AP library photo | July 2005

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Roy Disney, former chairman of Walt Disney Studio's Animation Department, will be sharing his thoughts on animation and the film world at an Academy for Creative Media lecture today on the University of Hawai'i campus.

"Roy Disney is the crown jewel in our Master Class series this academic year. He is truly animation royalty," said Chris Lee, director of the Academy for Creative Media.

The MCA class starts at 5 p.m. in the School of Architecture Auditorium on the Manoa campus. Disney's presentation is entitled "2D or Not 2D." Students and film enthusiasts from across Hawai'i will be coming to hear Disney speak.

Twice nominated for Oscars, Disney has received the Winsor McCay Award from ASIFA-Hollywood (The International Animated Film Society) for lifetime achievement in animation and the first "Mort Walker Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cartoon Industry" by the Boca Raton International Museum of Cartoon Art.

He joined The Walt Disney Company in 1953 as an assistant film editor on motion pictures, including "The Living Desert" and "The Vanishing Prairie," both Academy Award winners, and served as a writer, producer and director on numerous films and television programs. An avid yachtsman, he holds numerous elapsed-time records for offshore passages on the Pacific Ocean, including the Los Angeles-to-Honolulu Transpac Race.