After gaining the gracious permission from my wife (with newborn in her arms) to once again go to the Walt Disney Museum for another animation "thing", I was off to hear Don Hahn speak about Disney's stop motion feature Frankenweenie, directed by Tim Burton.

Don Hahn is a pretty big figure in Disney animation. He produced Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and was an associate producer on Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He's also seems like a really nice guy. He gave out blu-ray discs of Frankenweenie to people in the audience who had the courage to raise their hands when they admitted to not seeing it yet.  Yeah, pretty cool guy.

He started off with a brief history of stop motion and discussed some of the techniques used back when. His passion for these films came across when he explained how shots were created and the challenges they met and overcame.  It was interesting to hear about the "Puppet Hospital" where the puppets would be fixed up after heavy use or replaced altogether. During the talk he introduced a couple of puppets that were actually used in production. The first, and my favorite character from the film, was Edgar along with the hero, Sparky. 

Don also edited the Walt Stanchfield books, which is what you see him signing for me below.

The talks and workshops the museum provide are amazing and I highly recommend them if you are in the area. Just pack a lunch, their cafe leaves little to be desired.

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AuthorJake Hawley