What makes a pencil line become a character? The year is 2003, Disney were about to release Pixar's 'Finding Nemo', and broadcaster Alan Yentob sets his task of celebrating the phenomena of the animated feature film on his arts show 'Imagine', and attempts to evaluate the argument set by Pixar's "Toy Story", of whether there was a future for traditional animated techniques in the age of computer and digital imaging. This episode was the main reason why I took into animation more seriously, and I highly recommend you should watch it. It gives credit to the milestone features and pioneers of animation history, and includes interviews with directors John Lasseter and Nick Park, top animator Eric Goldberg and even an exclusive with two of Disney's Nine Old Men Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnson!
Walt Disney began hosting his own television show for ABC in 1954 in an unusual contract: Disney provided ABC with a weekly hour-long television program in exchange for funding for the construction of Disneyland. As a result, the television show was also originally named Disneyland. The anthology series has since gone through a number of name changes over the years: Walt Disney Presents, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, The Wonderful World of Disney, Disney's Wonderful World, Walt Disney, The Disney Sunday Movie, and The Magical World of Disney. The series spanned an incredible 54 years—13 seasons of which were hosted by Walt Disney, himself. This episode takes a look at the history of animation and animation techniques throughout the ages. Especially profiled are many animation pioneers, including J. Stuart Blackton, Windsor McCay, J.R. Bray, Max Fleischer and, of course, Walt Disney.