Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Author Gary K Wolf

Below is a live streaming interview with Gary K. Wolf, Author of "Who Censored Roger Rabbit" which became the Disney feature film, "Who framed Roger Rabbit." 

Toon in to listen below, how the book was rejected by many publishers, before Roy Disney called and offered to buy his story and make it into a major movie picture.

Here are a few scenes which were cut out of the film.

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Next: Will Vinton, Claymation Man

Friday, February 1, 2019

Kathy Zielinski Animator

Animator Kathy Zielinski gave an interview and told about her animation career so far. You can see and hear the entire interview on the Animateducated YouTube channel.

A native of California, Kathy discover animation at an early age by watching Peter Pan on the big screen. She later attended Cal Arts where she made her student film, "Guess Whos for Dinner."
The film won a Student Film Award in 1982. And won 2nd place in FOCUS film award that same year. 
Below, Director John Badham interviews Kathy and shows the entire film.

There is also a glimpse of another film she was working on at the time. 
Focus Film Award - 1982 Interview with Kathy and Director John Badham from Kathy Zielinski on Vimeo.

Kathy started her Disney career working on Mickey's Christmas Carol in 1983, but her first feature screen credit was on The Black Cauldron as an Animator. 

She animated Fidget from the Great Mouse Detective,Oliver & Company and Ursula from The Little Mermaid. 

Later, Kathy became a Supervising Animator on Frank the frilled neck lizard from The Rescuers Down Under and Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. On Aladdin, she animated Jafar disguised as a Beggar and later turning him into the giant snake. 

She did Character designs Pocahontas and the evil Hexxus character from Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest.

Here's a sample reel of her best animated scenes.
Kathy Zielinski - 2D Animation Reel from Kathy Zielinski on Vimeo.

Not only is she an amazing animator, but she also is a very talented sculptor. She often would sculpt models of the characters that she would be animating. Here are a few of them from her blog.

After Disney, Kathy went to work for DreamWorks where she was involved with The Prince of Egypt. She later became the supervising animator for the villian Tezekel Khan from The Road to El Dorado. 

Kathy animated on the main character Spirit in Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, and animated on Over the Hedge, The Bee Movie, Kung Fu Panda, How to train your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda 2 and The Croods.

In 2013, Zielinski returned to Disney to work on Frozen.

Today, Kathy is working with the Simpsons and enjoys riding her bike to work. 

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Next Episode: Gary K. Wolf author of Who Censored Roger Rabbit.