|Ex-Disney Artists Launch Legacy Animation Studios
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. (Jan. 08, 2004) -- Legacy Animation Studios, a new animation production studio in Orlando, Florida, opens its doors in Winter Garden, Florida, close to Orlando later this month. The studio will offer a full-range of traditional hand drawn (or 2D) animation services for film, television and commercials. Legacy was established by a group of animators and artists formerly employed by Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida. Legacy will also be dedicated to developing original properties for television and film. In time the studio hopes to produce its first 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 Disney’s legacy of hand drawn animation.”The Legacy team has the talent to back up their claim, with the combined experience of over 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 have been recommended to aspiring animators by Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida. Recently, he produced and directed Legends of the Night Sky: Orion, the world’s first full dome (360°) traditionally animated movie.
Also joining the management team as Creative Director is veteran assistant animator David Nethery. Nethery has nearly 20 years of experience as an animation artist, most of those years at Walt Disney Feature Animation. His credits include such characters as "Meeko” the raccoon from Pocahontas, "Mushu” from Mulan, "Cobra Bubbles” from Lilo & Stitch, and most recently "Tug" and "Koda's Mom” from Brother Bear.
Legacy currently has three projects in development, including a short film that will begin production in late January 2004.
For more information, go to www.legacyanimation.net.