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  • A Conversation with Disney Animator Dave Bossert - MiceChat News Team, 2/9/07

    MiceChat News Team, 2/9/07

    Disney Animator Talks about the Art of Restoring Classics, the Future of 2D Animation and What's Going on in the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot

    In over twenty years as an animator, Dave Bossert has survived and thrived in the thrilling and turbulent times that shaped the modern Walt Disney Studios.

    A graduate of CalArts in May 1983, he first spent nine months at Don Bluth Productions working on the video arcade classics and Space Ace. Disney soon came calling and in 1984 Bossert signed on as an effects animator for the beleaguered Black Cauldron. The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Nightmare Before Christmas and Fantasia 2000Bambi, Lady and the Tramp, Cinderella and The Little MermaidTrue-Life Adventures for release on DVD last December.

    Last year, he directed Winnie the Pooh: Shapes & Sizes, a direct-to-DVD educational release for Disney Learning Adventures that's been nominated for an Annie Award for Best Home Entertainment Production. The Annie Awards will be presented Sunday at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA and are considered the highest honor in the animation industry.


    Dave Bossert
    disneytim:Dave Bossert:dt:DB: Ted Kierscey and I did the transformation of the Beast back into the Prince at the end of Beauty and the Beast. Glen Keane did the character animation. Ted and I did all of the effects animation.

    dt: Is that your favorite scene?

    DB:Roger Rabbitdt: Did you just work on the opening animation sequence in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, or did you work on the whole film?

    DB: I actually worked throughout the entire film, including the opening cartoon and all of the live action/animation combinations. I pretty much touched a lot of that movie.

    dt: What are the challenges of working on a film that combines animation with live action, as opposed to a straight animated film?

    DB:Roger Rabbitdt: Of course the animation in Roger RabbitDB:

    Winnie the Pooh: Shapes & Sizes

    dt: Congratulations on your Annie Award nomination for Winnie the Pooh: Shapes & SizesDB:dt:Bambi II.

    DB: The producer (of Bambi II) is an old friend and I actually helped him out throughout the process of making this movie. I did some consulting for them and really tried to help them achieve the look and feel of the original movie. They were kind enough to give me a screen credit.

    dt: Many Disney direct-to-video animated sequels like Bambi II have sold well, but they've also had their share of critics who feel updating these beloved classic characters borders on sacrilege. How do you answer those critics?

    DB:dt:DB:dt:The Little Mermaid being one of your more recent efforts. Take us through the restoration process.

    DB:Bambi

    Bambi, fully restored
    Bambidt:DB:Little Mermaid. They refined the process and got better at it, but you still had dust photographed in because you had a camera operator taking a cel and laying it on a background and putting a piece of glass over it. No matter how good you were at trying to blow things off, you always wound up photographing some kind of dust or dirt into it.


    The Little Mermaid

    dt: But after Little Mermaid, all of that changed, correct?

    DB: When we did 2D films like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and Lion Kingdt:True-Life Adventures, and they came out beautiful.

    DB:True-Life Adventuresdt: What are you working on now that you can tell us about?

    DB: I can tell you we just finished up an unbelievable restoration of Peter Pandt: Tell me more about the Mexico pavilion at Epcot. What can we expect to see?

    DB:

    dt: Dave, thank you very much for your time.

    DB: My pleasure.

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    Re: A Conversation with Disney Animator Dave Bossert - MiceChat News Team, 2/9/07

    Tim,

    Thank you for the wonderful interview with Dave Bossert. It was great to see his words on such things as Bambi II and the reworking of the Mexico Pavilion ride at EPCOT. It was also interesting to hear how seriously they take the restoration work of the older films being re-released.

    Congratulations on your Annie Award nomination Dave!

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    Last edited by Dustysage; 02-09-2007, 09:05 AM.
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      Re: A Conversation with Disney Animator Dave Bossert - MiceChat News Team, 2/9/07

      Disneytim, thank you for such a great interview!! :clap:



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        Re: A Conversation with Disney Animator Dave Bossert - MiceChat News Team, 2/9/07

        Great interview! Look! You're all tight with Disney animators and stuff

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          Re: A Conversation with Disney Animator Dave Bossert - MiceChat News Team, 2/9/07

          I liked how he discussed the effects with Roger Rabbit. Nice interview again Tim.
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            Re: A Conversation with Disney Animator Dave Bossert - MiceChat News Team, 2/9/07

            Great Interview!
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              Re: A Conversation with Disney Animator Dave Bossert - MiceChat News Team, 2/9/07

              Great interview Tim!
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                Re: A Conversation with Disney Animator Dave Bossert - MiceChat News Team, 2/9/07

                wow.. very professional!

                from his comments, it sounds like they are redoing all the film in the mexico pavilion.. not just overlaying a character here and there. Interesting!

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                  Re: A Conversation with Disney Animator Dave Bossert - MiceChat News Team, 2/9/07

                  That was a wonderful read! I am LOVING the Mexico Pavillion at Epcot. The Three Cabarellos was one of my favorite movies!

                  I may have to get that Winnie the Pooh: Shapes and Sizes for my 3 year old!

                  Thanks so much!

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                    Re: A Conversation with Disney Animator Dave Bossert - MiceChat News Team, 2/9/07

                    Great interview!

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                      Re: A Conversation with Disney Animator Dave Bossert - MiceChat News Team, 2/9/07

                      Wonderful job Tim. Thank you so much for your fabulous efforts.
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                        Re: A Conversation with Disney Animator Dave Bossert - MiceChat News Team, 2/9/07

                        Wonderful interview Tim. I have enjoy reading this and I am sure it was awesome meeting Dave.
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                          Re: A Conversation with Disney Animator Dave Bossert - MiceChat News Team, 2/9/07

                          Great job Tim. I usually dont read long articles on line but this kept me very interested. Awesome.
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                            Re: A Conversation with Disney Animator Dave Bossert - MiceChat News Team, 2/9/07

                            Thanks for the interview! I am really looking forward to seeing the new Mexico pavilion when it reopens.
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                              Re: A Conversation with Disney Animator Dave Bossert - MiceChat News Team, 2/9/07

                              Tim, that was a great interview!

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