The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) has locked down guest speakers for its next edition, taking place at George Brown College’s Waterfront campus from April 22-24.
The festival, now in its fifth edition, will welcome a variety of industry guests to Toronto this spring, including:
- Animator Eric Goldberg (Genie in Aladdin, Pocahontas co-director)
- Independent filmmaker/studio owner Marv Newland (Bambi Meets Godzilla)
- Producer/director Audu Paden (Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain)
- Gravity Falls creative director Michael Rianda
- Voice actress Stevie Vallance
- Special effects animator Michel Gagné (The Iron Giant)
In addition, the festival has invited three legendary American animation figures who were an integral part of Hanna-Barbera during its Golden Age: Willie Ito, Jerry Eisenberg, and Tony Benedict. These guys all have great stories and getting them together on stage should be a lot of fun.