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Amazing Stories from Burny Mattinson and Mark Henn about Mickey’s Christmas Carol

By Jocelyn Buhlman

This holiday season, we’ve been celebrating 35 years of Mickey’s Christmas Carol throughout all of D23 Days of Christmas. As a special merry celebration of this milestone anniversary, we asked director and Disney Legend Burny Mattinson and legendary Walt Disney Animation animator Mark Henn to share some favorite memories from the creation of…

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The Winter Issue of Disney twenty-three Is Practically Perfect in Every Way

If you can’t wait until December, when the world’s most beloved nanny will fly back into our lives, we have just the spoonful of sugar you need: an early look at Mary Poppins Returns in our winter issue of Disney twenty-three, the quarterly publication exclusive to D23 Gold Members. While visiting the London set of the Rob Marshall-helmed movie musical, we spoke…

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D23 Members Celebrate a Legendary Milestone with Burny Mattinson

By Justin Arthur

On Friday, D23 Members filled the beautiful Whitehall Room at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, for a legendary luncheon to celebrate an epic milestone—the 65-year service anniversary of Disney Legend Burny Mattinson!

The intimate Victorian venue, chosen to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, provided a…

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Celebrate the Record-Breaking Disney Career of Animator Burny Mattinson

Disney Legend Burny Mattinson joined The Walt Disney Company in 1953, starting as a traffic runner on the Studio lot and continuing into an amazing career in animation, helping create Disney classics such as Lady and the Tramp, The Great Mouse Detective, Robin Hood, Big Hero 6, and more. On June 4, 2018, Disney celebrated Mattinson’s unprecedented 65th anniversary…

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Lasseter, Keane, and the Mickey’s Christmas Carol crew

Disney Legend Burny Mattinson, producer-director of Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983) and his crew, including future Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, far left. Under Burny’s guidance, this youthful group of artists brought the Mouse back to the big screen after a 30-year absence. Their reward: an Academy Award®-nomination for Best Animated Short Film.

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A Legendary Lunch with Burny Mattinson

By Nicole Nalty

As we prepare to welcome nine new honorees into the Disney Legend family at D23 Expo, D23 Gold Members spent some time with a man who has been a part of this legendary group for nearly 10 years! D23 continued its Lunch with a Disney Legend event series with story artist, animator, producer, and director Burny Mattinson on Friday, April 7, 2017, on…

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5 Fascinating Facts—Disney Legend Burny Mattinson

By Steven Vagnini

“Animation is 75 percent thinking and 25 percent drawing,” Disney Legend and Walt Disney Animation Studios animation director Burny Mattinson once said. “Everything must be carefully thought out first. Our animators not only have to think like actors but have to figure out how to get that performance across on paper and on the screen. Our…

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Burny Mattinson

When asked to reflect on a Disney career more than half a century long, Burny Mattinson seemed a bit surprised. “I mean, 50 years is a long time,” the artist once admitted, “but I still feel like that 18-year-old kid that came here back in ‘53, you know? I never feel like I’ve gotten old.”

Burnett Mattinson was born San Francisco on May 13, 1935—the…

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