This photo was taken in the early 1980s. Didier Ghez posted this pic a while ago on his blog. We are celebrating master layout artist Don Griffith, who is about to retire. Don was a gentle soul with enormous talent. His career with Disney Animation goes all the way back to 1943. He worked on so many classic films.
OK, based on the comments Didier received on his blog, here are the names of the folks in the picture:
Way in the back is background painter Jim Coleman. Next row from left to right:
Layout artist Guy Vasilovich, Don Griffith, blue sketch artist Kathy Zar, Joe Hale (producer, former layout artist), Ed Hanson (management), director Rick Rich, story artist Dave Jonas, layout artist Karen Keller.
Director Ted Berman, me, layout artist Bill Frake, layout/vis dev artist Mike Hodgson, and in front layout artist Carol Grosvenor.
I remember this party as if it was yesterday. We were still in Walt's Burbank animation building.