On a chilly evening in Burbank, a whole slew of Disney Legends came together in the aptly named Disney Legends Plaza to celebrate 90 years of animation.
“There is something special and unique about the kind of special entertainment that Walt Disney created that no one has ever been able to reproduce — that warmth he puts in your heart,” John Lasseter, head of Disney animation, told the crowd. “The humor, the beauty. It’s why I chose this life’s work and why all the artists here at Disney chose it. At one point, Walt Disney touched our lives.”
Disney bigwigs, animators, and actors were all there to not just honor the animation arm of Walt Disney Studios, but to pay homage to all those who made it happen, from 103-year-old veteran inker Ruthie Thompson, to voiceover artists like Kathryn Beaumont, to the crew of Disney’s newest release, Frozen.
Check out photos from the event and the Disney legends right here:
Celebrating 90 Years! 1 of 10
Yes, 90 years of animation magic!
John Lasseter with Richard M. Sherman 2 of 10
The head of Disney animation and Pixar, the one and only John Lasseter, posed with Disney music legend Richard M. Sherman.
Disney Legends 3 of 10
From left to right: Alice Davis (costume designer for Disney), Bill Farmer (the voice of Goofy, Pluto, and Horace Horsecollar), Kathryn Beaumont (voice of Alice and Wendy from Peter Pan), Russi Taylor (voice of Minnie Mouse).
Ruthie Thompson 4 of 10
Kathryn Beaumont, John Lasseter, and Alice Davis took a photo with Ruthie Thompson, the 103-year-old who was an inker at the studio for forty years.
Walt Disney Studios 5 of 10
The Legends Plaza at Walt Disney Studio's Lot was transformed into a venue for the cocktail party celebrating 90 years of animation.
Family Photo 6 of 10
A group photo of Disney legends new and old.
Iced 7 of 10
90 years set in ice.
More Legends 8 of 10
Behind Alice Davis and Ruthie Thompson was animator and director Burny Mattinson who has worked at Disney for 60 years!
Bob Iger 9 of 10
Bob Iger gave a speech honoring the work of all those there, stating, "Animation really has been the heart and the soul of this company."
Frozen 10 of 10
The crew of Disney's Frozen!