What is your name and your current occupation?
Barry Atkinson , Art Director Disney Toons.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I was a child actor in my Dads educational films.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
In animation , Heavy Metal, An American tail, Lion King, Tinkerbell. Personal projects, Directed short film “Into Darkness’ and directed live action film “Through Golden Fields”.
How did you become interested in animation?
A sad day at Disney Toons as Deadline Hollywood reports that as many as 17 artists were given pink slips.
From the site:
Things are getting leaner at the House of Mouse once again. This time it’sDisneyToon Studios that is handing out pink slips. About 17 of the 60 full-time employees at the primarily direct-to-video animation group have been laid off, with some occurring last week and the rest to leave during the next month. A unit of Walt Disney Animation Studios, the John Lasseter- and Ed Catmull-run DisneyToon called a meeting August 6 to make the layoffs announcement to staff. The quickly called gathering came a day after big Disney released its ahead-of-expectations Q3 results.“There is not a lot left to cut here now, the next round of cuts could be closing us down,” one DTS employee told me.
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