This weekend is Disney’s D23 event at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. The focus of the conference is on 75 Years of Disney Animated Features, with appearances by studio super-stars (past and present) including Ron Clements, John Musker, Chris Sanders, Burny Mattinson–not to mention actor Dick Van Dyke and composer Alan Menken–among others. The full schedule is posted here.

On Sunday morning, Eric Goldberg and I will discuss Wild and Wacky Disney Animation. Moderated by by Billy Stanek (co-host of D23’s Disney Geek), Eric and I will explore the surreal side of Disney animation, with excerpts and images from some of the most psychedelic and humorous animation in Disney animated features (and shorts). We’ll also discuss the artistic contributions of Ward Kimball, Salvador Dali and other important creative collaborators. It’s going to be a lot of fun. If you are going to D23, please come by and say hello.

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