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Don Hahn, Disney Executive

Don Hahn is a two-time Academy Award nominee who has produced some of the best animated
films in Disney history. He is in town to speak at Comic-Con and to promote a new book he edited. 
He worked on the following Disney films:

    * 2009 - Waking Sleeping Beauty - Director
    * 2009 - Earth - Executive producer of US version
    * 2006 - The Little Matchgirl (Academy Award Best Animated Short Nominee) - Producer
    * 2004 - Lorenzo (Academy Award Best Animated Short Nominee) - Executive producer
    * 2003 - The Haunted Mansion - Producer
    * 2001 - Atlantis: The Lost Empire - Producer
    * 2000 - The Emperor's New Groove - Executive producer
    * 2000 - Fantasia 2000 - Director (Live-action segments)
    * 1996 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Producer
    * 1994 - The Lion King - Producer
    * 1991 - Beauty and the Beast - Producer (The only full-length animated feature film to ever be 
                                  nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.)
    * 1990 - Roller Coaster Rabbit - - Producer
    * 1989 - Tummy Trouble - Producer
    * 1988 - Who Framed Roger Rabbit - Associate producer
    * 1985 - The Black Cauldron - Production manager
    * 1981 - The Fox and the Hound - Assistant director
    * 1977 - Pete's Dragon - Uncredited assistant animator

Don Hahn (born 1955 in Chicago) is a film producer who has produced some of
the most successful Walt Disney  animated films of the past 20 years.

Hahn began his career in animation working for Disney Legend Wolfgang
Reitherman as an assistant director. He later became production manager of
The Black Cauldron(1985) before moving on as an associate producer of Who
Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).

In 1988, he became producer of the benchmark animated feature Beauty and the
Beast, released in 1991, which made him the only producer in Hollywood to be
nominated for a Best Picture Oscar for an animated film. His next
production, 1994's The Lion King, set worldwide box office records for an
animated film and quickly became the highest grossing traditionally-animated
film in history. In 1996 he produced The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 2000 he
was an Executive Producer on The Emperor's New Groove. In 2001 he
experienced his first failure, Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Many have alleged
that its failure was due to both its high budget and the fact that most
animated action/adventures were not popular at the box-office. He also
produced the Oscar-nominated animated short Lorenzo (2004).

Most recently, Hahn was interim head of Disney's animation division during
its successful merger with Pixar Animation Studios.

In 2006, Hahn received his second Academy Award nomination in the category
of Best Animated Short for The Little Match Girl , an adaptation of the
classic Hans Christian Andersen tale which was originally intended for
inclusion in a version of Fantasia.

Don was Executive Producer for the landmark nature film "Earth" the premiere
film project from the Disneynature film label.



Don Hahn Assembles the Collected Teachings of Animator/Mentor Walt

Burbank, Calif-For the first time ever, the complete series of animation
lectures by Walt Stanchfield have been compiled and published in an
800-page, two-volume set entitled Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney
Master Classes (Focal Press, $29.95 each, April 2009).

Walt was the Disney Studios secret weapon: a Chouinard-educated master
animator with a passion for teaching, Walt virtually raised a generation of
animators like Glen Keane, Andreas Deja, John Musker, Ron Clements and John
Lasseter. His handouts have been much sought after and informally passed
around the animation industry for years.

"Whether he drew with a ball point pen or painted with a brush dipped in his
coffee cup, Walt Stanchfield got to the essence of things and was eager to
share what he learned to his eager disciples, myself among them," says John
Musker, director of the upcoming Disney animated film, The Princess and the

Regarded in the animation industry as a one-of-a-kind primer on gesture
drawing and animation, Stanchfield's writings spare no detail on the craft
of animation, but also dig deep into its artistic roots. "Stanchfield
beautifully communicates the essence and joy of expressing ideas through the
graphic line and accumulating a visual vocabulary," says John Canemaker, NYU
professor and Academy Award(r)-winning animation filmmaker. These lecture
notes represent the quintessential refresher for fine artists and film
professionals, and they serve as a vital tutorial for students.

"Gathering and compiling the collection has been a labor of love for me, and
I'm thrilled that Walt's complete work as a teacher will live on in these
two volumes," says Don Hahn, Academy Award(r)-nominated producer and editor
of the collection. The text has been largely untouched, because when Hahn
was amassing these lectures, he realized that "Walt's conversational style
is so completely accessible to the artist, it seemed wrong to formalize or
edit his voice out of the material in any way." The artwork that accompanies
the text is a vast collection of sketches from old masters to contemporary
animators; all exhibited in an informal presentation very much in keeping
with Stanchfield's casual style of teaching. The random nature of topics is
also a signature of Stanchfield's personality and approach. "He saw life as
a unified experience. Drawings inspired paintings, which inspired poetry,
which inspired architecture, which inspired

travel-all connected parts of an artist's existence," adds Hahn.

The two volumes are published by Focal Press and are now available for
purchase at fine bookstores, online retailers, and at

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