Roy Disney to present Master Class on Animation for UH Manoa's Academy for Creative Media

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Tom Brislin, (808) 956-3788
Academy for Creative Media
Posted: Apr 12, 2007

HONOLULU — Roy Disney will be the special guest of the University of Hawaiʻi‘s Academy for Creative Media (ACM) to conduct a Master Class on Animation on Friday, April 20, at 5 p.m. in the School of Architecture Auditorium on the Mānoa campus. In a presentation entitled "2D or Not 2D," the Academy Award®-nominated former chairman of Walt Disney Studio‘s Animation Department will discuss the enduring popularity of the art and film form.

"Roy Disney is the crown jewel in our Master Class series this academic year. He is truly animation royalty," said Chris Lee, director of the Academy for Creative Media. "We want to expand this Master Class to include all our digital media partner programs in the community colleges and high schools, particularly the Waiʻanae Seariders Productions program and their Leeward digital media halau."

The public is invited to join the students from Mānoa, Kapiʻolani and Leeward Community Colleges and Oʻahu high schools for this special presentation. Because seating is limited, all interested participants should RSVP by contacting Lily Ching at the Academy for Creative Media at 956-7736 or email

Roy Disney continues to serve as a director emeritus and consultant to the Walt Disney Company and is chairman of his family-owned Shamrock Holdings, Inc. In addition to two Oscar nominations, he received the Winsor McCay Award from ASIFA-Hollywood (The International Animated Film Society) for lifetime achievement in animation and the first "Mort Walker Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cartoon Industry" by the Boca Raton International Museum of Cartoon Art.

He joined The Walt Disney Company in 1953 as an assistant film editor on motion pictures, including "The Living Desert" and "The Vanishing Prairie," both Academy Award® winners, and served as a writer, producer and director on numerous films and television programs. An avid yachtsman, he holds numerous elapsed-time records for offshore passages on the Pacific Ocean, including the Los Angeles to Honolulu Transpac Race.

The Academy for Creative Media is the primary place for media production and study at the University of Hawaiʻi. ACM‘s Master Class series is supported by a grant from the Jay Shidler Family Foundation.

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