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Sound behind the Image II: Now Hear This!

Academy Award nominee Mark Mangini (STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME, ALADDIN, THE FIFTH ELEMENT) will host an evening exploring the art and technology of sound and the extraordinary role it plays in shaping animated motion pictures.

Film clips will trace the evolution of sound in animation from the era of traditional cel animation, represented by STEAMBOAT WILLIE (1928), CLOCK CLEANERS (1937), THE RELUCTANT DRAGON (1941), ZOOM AND BORED (1957), NOW HEAR THIS (1962) and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991), through the digital age, represented by the 2004 computer-animated features THE POLAR EXPRESS and THE INCREDIBLES.

Oscar-winning sound editor David E. Stone and Disney Imagineering media designer Joe Herrington will examine the work of early sound effects masters Treg Brown and Jimmy MacDonald, incorporating a live demonstration of many of McDonald’s actual props.

Foley artist John Roesch will take the stage to demonstrate foley techniques, and sound designer Randy Thom, a 14-time Oscar nominee and two-time winner, will explain how new technologies have changed the way sound is created for animated motion pictures today.

Complementing the presentations will be a lobby display of actual historic props and sound-making devices used in classic animated films.

Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online, by mail or at the Academy during regular business hours. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved.

The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For additional information, please call the Academy at (310) 247-3600 or visit

Friday, August 8, 2008 - 11:00am to 7:00pm
Submission Deadline 
Friday, August 8, 2008 - 12:00pm
Beverly Hills