Art For Texas Hurricane Harvey Benefit

Art For Texas Hurricane Harvey Benefit

The animation and art communities will come together on October 21, 2017 to raise money for relief efforts underway along the Houston gulf coast. Producer Melinda Dilger and co-producer Linda Barry Esposito, Animation Director Majella Milne along with a diverse and talented group of colleagues and friends (aka “Team Texas” volunteers) are proud to announce Art for Texas, a benefit art auction, dedicated to supporting those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Proceeds from the event will go to Convoy of Hope, a non-profit organization providing emergency aid to storm survivors.


The centerpiece of the evening will be a silent auction (that’s where YOU come in), featuring a wide range of art by top artists from California, Texas and across the country. More than 40 of the entertainment industry’s most influential animators and producers have signed up to contribute auction items and we’re hoping you will too!


Artists wishing to donate auction items should contact

Submissions are due by October 14, 2017 and must be ready to display. This will be a silent auction where you, the Artist, will tell us what the minimum bid should be, based on fair market value. You will be provided a receipt for your generous contribution.


Scheduled from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Digiland entertainment campus in Burbank, CA, the event promises to be a fabulous evening of live music and hors d’oeuvres, as well as an opportunity for guests to meet the artists. Light jazz will feature the vocal stylings of actress and entertainer Tomi Townsend.

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Free admission. Beer and wine will be available at a cash bar. Additional proceeds will be raised from the sale of raffle tickets on site for a variety of prizes.


For event organizer and animation producer Melinda Dilger, born and raised in Houston, the cause is a very personal one. “Because I have deep Houston roots, I wanted to do something to give back, and I felt this would be an excellent opportunity for the animation community to join forces for the common good. And the response and level of enthusiasm from our artists has been amazing.”


   Convoy of Hope is a faith-based organization with a driving passion to feed the world. With a long history as an early responder in times of natural disasters, Convoy of Hope has been a Four Star Charity as recognized by Charity Navigator for 14 consecutive years. Convoy of Hope has served more than 85 million people since it was founded in 1994. For more information please visit 


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Hal Geer, Warner Bros. Animation Legend, Dies at 100

From the Hollywood Reporter:

Hal Geer, a film editor, writer, director and producer for animation at Warner Bros. and Disney, has died. He was 100.
A World War II combat cameraman who survived 86 missions flying over China, Geer died Jan. 26 in Simi Valley, Calif., his family announced.
Geer worked on 25 feature films (including 1953’s Peter Pan), more than 500 television shows, 400 commercials and 100 short-subject films.
In 1946 after the war, Geer landed a job as a color technician in the special-effects department at Warner Bros. Four years later, he moved to Disney, where he worked under famed Steamboat Willie animator Ub Iwerks and contributed to the TV show Walt Disney’s Disneyland. After stints with several independent companies, he returned to Warners in 1967.
In 1981, Geer and Friz Freleng shared an Emmy nomination for outstanding animated program for producing Bugs Bunny: All American Hero, and in 1985, he spearheaded a successful campaign to give Bugs a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
A year later, he retired as vp and executive producer of Warner Bros. Cartoons.

To read the whole article click here.

Ann Guenther May 22, 1937 – January 24, 2017

Ann Guenther
May 22, 1937 – January 24, 2017

The Animation Guild is sad to announce that long-time Background Artist, Ann Guenther passed away on January 24, 2017.  Ann started her Union career at Disney in 1957 on ‘Sleeping Beauty’, and worked at most of the major studios including Warner Bros and Filmation.  Aside from being a terrific artist, Annie’s smile could light up a room and she could always be counted upon to wear her go-go boots to the Union holiday party.  She was one-of-a-kind.  We’ll miss you Annie!

Further details on services are not available at this time.

RIP John McLaughlin; Animator of Regal Cinema’s Pre Show Roller Coaster Animation

According to his obituary, John McLaughlin was a visual effects artists for both LucasArts and DreamWorks, and worked on films like Kung Fu Panda and Shark Tale. But even he, like millions of others, had a special place in his heart for that silly roller coaster: “One of John’s favorite personal projects that he created was the Regal Cinemas preview trailer featuring a roller coaster in space speeding between soda, candy and popcorn that played before each and every movie,” the obituary reads.

Help Olivia!

4874762_1433830546.6728Oh no… Why have I not heard about this before? I worked with Olivia’s father Kyle on Phineas and Ferb… he’s an incredibly talented man, with a love for animating and storyboarding. My heart breaks for him and his family. Give your support if you can.

Olivia Esther Menke (18) of Burbank, CA, suffered a traumatic brain injury on June 6th when a Los Angeles County fire truck struck the car she was driving on Pacific Coast Highway, and she remains in the ICU in critical condition at UCLA Medical Center. Just days from graduating as Salutatorian from Providence High School in Burbank, Olivia had volunteered to take her aunt and little cousin who were in town for the graduation sightseeing in Malibu, with her brother Carl also along for the ride. Although the boys escaped serious injury, Olivia’s aunt also suffered injuries and remains hospitalized but in stable condition. As anyone who knows Olivia well could attest, she personifies care and caution, and would be devastated to think that this accident happened on her watch.

Olivia is an extremely rare young woman of character, diligence and compassion. The oldest of four children, Olivia’s innate desire to work hard and excel has been felt not only by her family through her devotion to them, but by everyone who has ever the had chance to get to know her and call her friend. A graduate of St. Finbar School in Burbank, Olivia received Providence’s Pioneer of Excellence Scholarship as an entering freshman. A merit-based award granted only to the smallest percentage of students who maintain high GPAs with test scores to match, Olivia maintained her scholarship through all four years of high school.

Shy by nature, Olivia truly blossomed during her time at Providence and constantly worked to push herself outside her comfort zone and to take advantage of every opportunity she could find to better herself. During her time at Providence High School she maintained straight A’s and was part of the Spanish Honor Society; she was a scholar-athlete, having played girls basketball and volleyball all four years, and serving as captain of the volleyball team her senior year. Olivia was an NSF member and became ASB President, working up the courage to run and becoming a polished public speaker. Desiring a career in business, Olivia was accepted to Bentley University in Waltham, MA, receiving their highest academic award—the Presidents Scholarship. She also received the Women in Leadership Scholarship as well as the Disney Scholarship.

A young woman of health, promise, ambition and excitement for her bright future, Olivia now faces the greatest challenge of her young but very accomplished life—a six-month to two-year-long recovery process to regain her brain function and physical strength. But if anyone can do it, Olivia Menke can.