Two items of interest. First, Roy E. Disney and Don Hahn will screen some rarely seen Disney animated shorts and experimental films on April 30th at the 2008 Newport Beach Film Festival. The collection of short animated films had limited theatrical releases and many are not available on DVD. Among the films to be presented include How to Hook-Up Your Home Theater (2007) starring Goofy, and the Oscar-nominated films The Little Match Girl (2006), Lorenzo (2005), Destino (2003, a collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali more than 50 years in the making), and Redux Riding Hood (1998), plus the experimental film Oilspot & Lipstick (1987, Disney’s first foray into computer animation), among others.

Second, there’s sad news in the animation world: the last of Walt Disney’s original team of animators, known as the Nine Old Men, has died at the age 95. Ollie Johnston worked for Disney for 43 years, drawing characters for animated Mickey Mouse short films before contributing to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, and The Jungle Book. Screen the documentary about Ollie and partner Frank Thomas, Frank and Ollie. Their friendship changed the animation industry.

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