Saturday, June 5, 2010
In 1989 I started developing a project based on the Hunchback of NotreDame by Victor Hugo. I didn't pitch it to Disney as I stepped out of my contract in June 1990. It was picked up by a sister company of Cryo Paris ( la Compagnie des Images ). Universal got interested. Then I heard from the grapevine that someone had pitched it at Disney. Eventually Universal interest dropped after Disney announced to the world that they were making the movie. My project got reformatted into a 26 x 26 TV series. but I lost the artistic direction and the thing went down hill from that point on.
Incidentally, they used one of my pre-production designs for the front jaquette on the right side.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Saturday, August 30, 2008
The actual TV series ended up looking entirely different from this ; I started developing the concept as a Feature project in 1989 before I resigned at the end of Rescuers II ; it got produced eventualy in 1994 and hit the TV screens before the Disney version. It was a 10 millions Dollars co-production between Hearst Entertainment, Cine Group of Canada, France 3 TV and Ares Films in Paris.
Gary Mooney worked both on "Lady and the Tramp" and "Sleeping Beauty"; he passed away in August 2008 ; we shared an office at Toon City on "New Groove II"; he used to tell me anecdotes such as his work on the Spaghetti sequence under Frank Thomas. He also worked with Milt Kahl. Picture taken at an Andreas lecture in 2005 in Manila.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
This shot is from "The adventures of Eloanh" Trailer produced in 1986 by Seagull Animation ltd. with a grant from the Australian Film commission. The company was formed by Brenda and Roland Chat and myself. This was our first attempt at producing a feature.