26.06.2009 The Art Institute No Comments

Disney Legend To Share Animation Secrets July 1

(San Bernardino, CA) Floyd E. Norman, a pioneer cartoonist and animator who worked with Walt Disney in the early days of animation, will speak at The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire at 12 noon on Wednesday, July 1 at the San Bernardino campus. The event is open to the public at no cost.

Santosh Ooomen, Academic Director for Game Art & Animation at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, said, “We are very fortunate to bring such an important artist to our campus. Floyd Norman is truly a legend in comic animation and this is a unique opportunity to share his experience with the community.”

Norman worked on animated features Sleeping Beauty, The Sword and the Stone and Jungle Book in the late 50’s and early 60’s. After Walt Disney’s death in 1966, Norman left Disney Studios to co-found the AfroKids animation studio where he developed the original Hey! Hey! Hey! It’s Fat Albert TV special which aired on NBC in 1969.

He later returned to Disney where he worked on Robin Hood and films Toy Story 2, Monsters, Dinosaur and the Hunchback of Notre Dame for Walt Disney Animation. He has also worked on projects for Pixar and Mulan.

Norman has published several books of cartoons, inspired by his lifetime of experiences in the animation industry, including Faster! Cheaper!, Son of Faster, Cheaper! and How the Grinch Stole Disney.

His is currently a columnist for the websites JimHillMedia.com and AfroKids.com and was named a Disney Legend in 2007. He appeared as a Guest of Honor at Anthrocon 2008 and at Comic-Con International, the annual conference for the comic book industry where he received an Inkpot Award the same year.

The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire is located at 630 E. Brier Drive, San Bernardino, in the Hospitalilty Lane area. For more information, call (909) 915-2185.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate of Science degree program in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in Fashion Design.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate of Science degree program in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree program in Culinary Management.

Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin July 13 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, call The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or go on line to www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of the Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu/), a system of over 40 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

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