Sunday, June 29, 2014

Contract Negotiations


Director John Musker came up with this hilarious cartoon panel featuring Jeffrey Katzenberg and myself.
After I had completed my work on Roger Rabbit I returned from London back to the Burbank Studio.
At that time management decided to put key animation personal under contract. But I was seriously considering to return to Europe to work in animation over there. 
To my bewilderment and surprise I started receiving gifts from Jeffrey’s office, usually with a note that asked me to stay on and sign a contract. The truth is that I did take my time to decide my future, but before I finally opted for continuing work at Disney I was not offered Milt Kahl scenes from the archives.
Instead I had asked for Milt’s animation desk. The deal was that I could have it, IF I could find it around the studio. Well, with the help of old studio photographs I did locate the desk (at least the upper half). The photos showed Milt working on that desk during the 1950s and 1960s. 

It really hasn’t helped me to become a better animator…but it is a very cool thing to own.

6 comments:

  1. Milt Kahl´s animation Desk.Then Andreas Animation Desk......what an honor...!!
    Who is sitting there now?! :)

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  2. Wow, the ultimate treasure hunt ... and find!

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  3. Hilarious and sweet story :D

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  4. now That's negotiating.!! Can I ask you about the chairs they used?(like in the Ward and Fred photo) Were there any left when you were there? I imagine Walt included them in the Burbank designs that Ken Weber did. Did the guys like them?..That's 30 years plus for some in those chairs....I'm never happy with my chair...hehe.

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  5. man, do you have any photos of it? Was there a lot of cool European animation going on at the time, like there is now?

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  6. Hilarious! John Musker has great character sketches. He can even laugh at himself.

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