Disney Animators Form Legacy Animation In Florida

A group of former Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida animators have banded together to open Legacy Animation Studios, a new animation production studio in Winter Garden, Florida, close to Orlando in late January 2004. The studio will offer a full-range of traditional hand-drawn (or 2D) animation services for film, television and commercials. Legacy will also be dedicated to developing original properties for television and film as well as produce its own feature film project.

We believe that traditionally animated films are still a viable form of entertainment, says Legacy Animation Studios directing manager, Eddie Pittman. Our goal is to create quality animated films with compelling stories and strong characters and to continue Walt Disneys legacy of hand-drawn animation.

The combined experience of the Legacy team amounts to more than 25 animated films, including THE LITTLE MERMAID, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ALADDIN, MULAN and LILO AND STITCH.

Pittman has worked on such animated features as MULAN, TARZAN, and LILO & STITCH. He has taught for the renowned Computer Animation program at Ringling School of Art and Design, and his popular drawing classes taught around Central Florida the Disney Florida studio recommended to aspiring animators. Recently, he produced and directed LEGENDS OF THE NIGHT SKY: ORION, the worlds first full dome (360°) traditionally animated movie.

Veteran assistant animator David Nethery is on board as creative director for Legacy. Nethery has nearly 20 years of experience as an animation artist. His credits include such characters as "Meeko the raccoon from POCAHONTAS, "Mushu from MULAN, "Cobra Bubbles from LILO AND STITCH, and, most recently, "Tug" and "Koda's Mom from BROTHER BEAR.

Legacy has three projects in development, including a short film that will begin production in late January 2004. For more information contact Pittman at (407) 538-8938 or via e-mail at eddie@legacyanimation.net.

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