Disney’s Silly Symphony
Animated Shorts with Live Orchestra
John Roscigno, Conductor
Share with your family the early days of Disney animation as it vividly comes to life through the magic of a live orchestra. CSUN Symphony accompanies some of Disney’s best-loved originals on our big screen, including The Skeleton Dance (1929), The Ugly Duckling (1939), and Three Little Pigs (1933). Disney is thought to have created his 75 Silly Symphony shorts as a showcase for his studio’s talented animators and composers as they prepared for the creation of their first full-length animated feature in 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The Silly Symphonies: Walt Disney's Proving Ground
Lee Crowe, Lecturer, CSUN Department of Art
Location: Kurland Hall (adjacent to the The Soraya Courtyard)
Doors open at 1:30 PM
Lecture at 1:45 PM
Join us as Prof. Crowe discusses the innovations in technology and artistic methods utilized in Disney's Silly Symphony series. These cartoons were not only used to test the latest technological advancements in film (such as Technicolor or the multiplane camera), animators like Fred Moore and Art Babbitt used the films to explore how to improve the quality of the animation itself, through stronger drawing techniques and character personality studies.
Lee Crowe has been in the Los Angeles animation business since the early 1980s, having worked in various capacities for such studios as Disney (Little Mermaid, Rescuers Down Under, Brother Bear), Dreamworks (Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron), Warner Brothers (Space Jam and Osmosis Jones) Bakshi (Cool World), Film Roman (King of the Hill), and Fox (Family Guy). Currently, she is an adjunct professor of animation at California State University, Northridge and The Art Institute of California Hollywood, and also works as a 2D animation freelance artist, specializing in 2D animation and storyboarding.