On March 25, 2002, more than 200 Disney artists working at the studio's legendary Feature Animation Department in Burbank, were told that their services were no longer needed by the company. It took only one uncomfortable gathering with the president of Feature Animation, now dubbed "The Tom Meeting", to kill 75 years of a beloved animated tradition. A similar series of events soon played out at Disney's other animation studios in Paris, Tokyo and Florida. Doors were closed for good and in total nearly 1300 skilled artists and craftsmen were fired. The company, best known for it's handcrafted animated features, no longer wanted artists to draw for them. DREAM ON SILLY DREAMER is the new animated documentary, from director Dan Lund and producer Tony West, that tells this tale. It features interviews recorded only seconds after the now infamous "Tom Meeting". You will hear what was said, the reasons offered by the company and feel the emotional responses from those being affected at ... Written by
The film illustrates a tough time which occurred for Disney animation artists in 2003
Dream on Silly Dreamer... Since the beginning of civilization the artist has had a tenuous relationship with business. At some point every item in every room in your house has been touched by an artist. Business needs artists and artists need to eat. In Dan Lund's film "Dream on Silly Dreamer" he brilliantly illustrates this point by interviewing artists who have partnered with managers in the cartoon animation business. Dan has focused a bright light on the need for the artist to stay one step ahead of those business partners who have their grip on the rug he stands on to do his art. When Disney Feature Animation decided that it no longer wanted to do hand drawn "2D" films the rug was pulled out from under several hundred artist. The inner feelings of some of those artists that were laid off in 2003 are exposed in Dan's film. From shock, sadness, anger, and bewilderment, the film pulls you into their world and you will be wiser for having watched them share their feelings. Dorse A. Lanpher
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