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Larry Lauria
Island Animation
P.O. Box 9941
Savannah, GA. 31412
Phone: (912) 897-4557

  • credits, etc.
    Animation Work
    TV and Radio Appearances
    Professional Associations

Larry's Toon Institute Paintbrushes SUMMARY

My animation and direction work spans over 24 years and includes features, commercial television, industrial and interactive projects, which have garnered over 40 national and international awards. During the past eight years I have focused on coordination and instruction of Animation Programs.  

Larry's Toon Institute Paintbrushes CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

• • • I have just completed 3 1/2 years as Program Manager for Animation at the Disney Institute in Orlando, Florida. In this position, I administered for as many as 15 full-time and part-time employees, oversaw four animation studios, developed instructional programs (including customized materials) and taught an average of 12 hours a week in our studios. Further areas of responsibility included: animation production, direction, character design, concepts, lead animation and mentoring staff on Disney Institute Projects.

• • • During the last three years, the Disney Institute Animation Department has hosted a number of evening animation events featuring such special guests as: Ward Kimball, Marc Davis, James Earl Jones, John Canemaker, Faith and Emily Hubley, Bill Plympton, Mark Henn, Tony Bancroft, Jim Korkis, Dave Pruksma, June Fugimoto, Dean Gordon, Mike Hunphries, and Scott McQueen. Appearances in animation programs have included: Roy Disney, Bill Justice, Steve Segal and Betty Edwards.

• • • In September 1998, I served as Event Director for the Disney Institute's first animation special event: the MULAN Animation Experience, a two weekend immersion package celebrating the release of MULAN, Disney's 36th animated feature film. The event showcased the top talent from Walt Disney Feature Animation and the Disney Institute Animation staff.

• • • Prior to working for the Walt Disney Company, I was coordinator and instructor of the Classical Animation Course at Senior College Ballyfermot, Republic of Ireland. Responsibilities included the management of the programs and facilities, as well as curriculum development. The success of the graduates currently working in the Animation Industry world-wide attests to the strength of the Ballyfermot program; at the time of my tenure there it was rated as one of the top three animation programs in the world. My position as coordinator, required specific involvement in the design of:

  • The 1 year Animation Drawing Studies Foundation Course
  • The 2 year Clay and 3d Animation Course
  • The 2 year CGI (Computer Animation) Course
  • The 2 year Multimedia and Interactive Games Course
  • The 3 year Diploma in Classical Animation Course

The aspect I most enjoyed was the opportunity to create and implement innovative programs worldwide.

• • • During my time in Dublin, I was involved in the initiation and implementation of a pilot "cross border" educational initiative, overseen by the Northern Ireland Film Council. The "Animagic" Project is widely perceived as an important benchmark program for future North/South educational initiatives.

Larry's Toon Institute Paintbrushes JOB HISTORY

• • • Consulting Animation Instructor -- Animation Programs, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, USA. (1999 - present)

• • • Program Manager / Animation Instructor -- Animation Programs, The Disney Institute, Orlando, Florida, USA. (1995 - 1998)

• • • Coordinator / Animation Instructor -- Classical Animation Programs, Senior College Ballyfermot, Dublin, Ireland (1990 - present)

• • • Coordinator / Director / Animation Instructor -- Animagic Animation Project (1994 - 1995)

• • • Animation Instructor -- Disney Animation Program, Dun Loaghaire College of Art and Design, Dun Loaghaire, Ireland

• • • Director / Animation Instructor -- "The Animation Corps", Capital Children's Museum, Washington, DC

• • • Animation Instructor -- American Film Institute, Washington, DC

• • • Animation Instructor -- Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC

Larry's Toon Institute Paintbrushes EDUCATION

BFA FILM - Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California.Chuck Jones, Ward Kimball, Ben Washam, were among my instructors in Animation.


Larry's Toon Institute Paintbrushes CREDITS, ETC.

Animation Work

• • • "Animagic" Northern Ireland/ Southern Ireland cross-boarder project - Director/Animator. Northern Ireland film council.

• • • "Tune into Kids." Opening for UNICEF child's rights project. Produced/ Directed. Disney Institute.

• • • "The Rights of the Child to an Opinion." UNICEF. Produced / Animation. Disney Institute.

• • • A Christmas Story. T.V. Special. Animation. Baden-Baden Studio, Germany.

• • • DisneyQuest. Animation Station. Curriculum design. The Walt Disney Company.

• • • "Squash McStretch." Character design. The Disney Institute. Character for The Walt Disney Company.

• • • "Bouncing Dive," DI-TV. Animated logo. Directed /Animation.

• • • "Shepherd and the Star." Animated Christmas special (in development). Concept and story character design.

• • • "All the Stars" series of commercials for the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.

• • • Series of films for Security Pacific Bank, California.

• • • "Star Trek: The Motion Picture." Designed, directed, and bridge control sequences.

• • • "End of the World, with Symposium to Follow", by Arthur Kopit: (Broadway Play) Designed logo for play.

• • • "Beautiful Babies": WRC public service campaign -- Toth Award winner, Regional and National Emmy Nominations.

• • • "Quincy Quickpick." Series of four commercials for Jam Advertising.

• • • "Bullethead." Washington Bullets telescreen -- Showcased on ESPN (animation package 1986, 1987, 1988).

• • • "Bird and Worm." Designed logo and bumpers for showcase/circle and AMC Theaters.

• • • On-air logo for WBOX, Salisbury, MD.

• • • "History": Mobile Oil, Annual Meeting Films.

• • • "Ruppert's Olympic Feet." Special Selection Olympic Animation Festival, Showcased on HBO, and "On" cable TV networks.

• • • Flowers' Bakery opening for Monthly National Corporate News -- Addy Award for Best Animation, South-east U.S. including Florida & Caribbean Region.

• • • "Standard Stan." National health club TV pilot.

• • • "Eyes to the Top." Marriott Corporation Conf. opening.

• • • "Petroushka." Animated feature development project -- Washington, D.C. Arts Commission Grant.

Television and Radio Appearances (Last Two Years)

  • CNN News
  • ESPN
  • HBO
  • CBS Morning, Inside Out
  • RTE Ireland
  • RTE2 Ireland
  • WJLA


  • Disney TV lunch segments (reaching approx. 75 million viewers)
  • International Museum of Cartoon Art
  • Columbus Museum of Fine Art
  • St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Art
  • Savannah College of Art and Design


Professional Associations (Present and previous)

• • • UNICEF Child's rights project

• • • UNICEF's Tune into Kids project. Creator of the Disney character: SQUASH McSTRETCH

• • • Disney Interactive "Magic Artist" software design - Los Angeles

• • • Walt Disney Imagineering - "Disney Academy" curriculum design - Los Angeles

• • • Walt Disney Imagineering - "DisneyQuest" animation curriculum design

• • • Cinemagic International Children's Festival - Belfast

• • • Cinemagic Animation Workshops - Belfast and Derry

• • • Irish Film Board - Advisor for Project Development - Dublin

• • • European School of Animation - Advisor / assessor - Dublin

• • • Bondy Entertainment - Technology Advisor, Hamburg, Germany

• • • Revolution Software - Animation Advisor, York, England

• • • Savannah College of Art and Design, Curriculum Advisor, Savannah, GA

• • • St. Clair College, Windsor, Ontario - Computer Animation Curriculum Design

• • • Dublin Business Innovation Center - Animation Advisor, Dublin

• • • Dublin Film Festival

• • • Junior Dublin Film Festival

• • • Principia College, Ilsah, Illinois

• • • Cartoon Ireland - Media Programme Advisor

• • • Cartoon Ireland - Chairperson, Education Committee

• • • Co-founder / President (8 years) ASIFA Washington, DC


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