See Video Footage of Richard Williams Speak in Los Angeles

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has posted four excerpts from Richard Williams’ sell-out appearance last Friday in Los Angeles. In the clip above, Williams speaks about Milt Kahl and The Jungle Book. The rest of the clips are identified below.

The big news that came out of the event was that Williams will allow a workprint of Thief and the Cobbler to be screened at the Academy in December. In the past, Williams has distanced himself from the production as much as he could—an understandable position considering the personal pain that is associated with it. It is great to see him finally embracing the film, which even in its incomplete state, has many marvelous moments of artistic and technical achievement.

How Disney films inspired Richard:

The making of A Christmas Carol:

The making of Who Framed Roger Rabbit:


  • Richard Plata

    my idol forever

  • pxlcruncher

    I saw Andrew Lincoln and Scott Wilson from The Walking Dead in the audience; really cool to see live action actors take such an interest in this medium.

  • Andrew Chesworth

    This was a wonderful entry in the Marc Davis series. It was a real gift to see Williams in person, as lively and animated as ever at 80. I look forward to the upcoming screening of ‘The Thief’ as it existed before the Miramax deal. The Prologue to Williams’ current WIP is very intriguing, as well.

  • cigaretteclub

    Mr. Williams is such a great guy! and the gallery was phenomenal!

  • Moonie

    This was a very special event to me – not only was it an amazing talk, it was my first ‘big animation event’ as a student. The entire experience was amazing, and I’m glad that everyone can see at least a part of it.

  • Travis Millar

    Please tell this whole event was filmed and we can watch or buy it somewhere?

  • Sarah1

    what a genius. I cant explain how amazing he is in words, just simply fantastic.