Academy tribute to Milt Kahl

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is celebrating the centential of Disney master animator Milt Kahl, “The Animation Michelangelo”.

On Monday April 27th at 7:30pm, the annual Marc Davis Lecture (recently renamed the “Marc Davis Celebration of Animation”) will be in tribute to Kahl (1909-1987) with a spectacular slide and clip show hosted by Andreas Deja – and a panel featuring Kathryn Beaumont (voice of Alice and Wendy), Brad Bird, Ron Clements, John Musker, Floyd Norman. Animation critic Charles Solomon will moderate. Tickets are $5. each – and this event will sell out, so buy them now. For more information check the Academy’s website.

(Thanks, Alberto Natel)


  • Bill Field

    Few folks ever earned the monicker of Michelangelo in their given field, but Milt Kahl is a worthy recipient- he orchestrated some of the finest scenes Disney ever offered up!

  • Tim

    awesome! this should be great! :)

  • g man

    The Academy should stream these events live over the internet for people that aren’t in L.A. I would gladly pay $5 to watch it live from my computer!

  • Mark K.

    I’m glad Brad Bird is going to be there. He knows more about Milt than any other animator alive.

  • Thad

    Well, if any animator deserves that title, it’s probably Kahl.

  • Jason

    And it’s great Floyd will be there too. Maybe he’ll give us a description of the event next time he visits here.

  • Tim Hodge

    This should be a real treat. I wish I could go.
    About 20 years ago, I was able to attend a Milt Kahl tribute at the Animation Celebration Film Festival (at the Nuart). Andreas Deja and Marc Davis hosted the event. It was just a year or so after Milt died, so there was a bit of poignancy to the evening.

  • Nick

    I’m already there.

  • Nic Kramer

    Little known fact: Milt did the voice of young Ferdinand in “Ferdinand the Bull” (1938).

  • Russell

    Goddamnit I wish I lived over there….

  • gman

    Of course Dick Williams should be part of that panel.

  • http://questforanimationglory.blogspot.com vince gorman

    I can’t wait. I already bought the tickets.

  • http://gavinscartoons.blogspot.com Gavin

    I’m there! Thanks Jerry for the info.

  • Andy

    I’m there too. Kahl always seemed to get the thankless, un-showy jobs, but always did marvelous, amazing work. Peter Pan and Shere Khan. ‘Nuff said.

  • TimmyElliot

    They ended up overselling the show, so a lot of us ended who showed up early, ended up getting turned away even after we purchased tickets in advance.

    I can’t believe how disorganized they were.

  • http://threedsnack.blogspot.com nate lane

    I was kinda bummed that Andreas got his seat swiped by somebody else (some student whos name escapes me). Otherwise it was pretty awesome