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!
(C) BBC 2003
Original Airdate: 10th December 2003