Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Flying Chunks



So my amazingly talented and hilarious outspoken grandpa has published his first book! Not only has he helped me immensely over the years artistically and as a mentor, but he's always been an inspiration and is one of animation's visual effects legends. Here's a quick little blurb about it from the Cartoon Boom blog ...

"Dorse A. Lanpher is one of a handful of artists who can say he worked on Disney classics like Sleeping Beauty and 101 Dalmatians as well as contemporary features like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, and Tarzan. Lanpher recently self-published a memoir called Flyin’ Chunks and Other Things to Duck: Memoirs of a Life Spent Doodling for Dollars. His 48-year-career as an effects animator also included an extended stint with Don Bluth on projects like The Secret of NIMH, Dragon’s Lair and An American Tail, which is why Don Bluth penned the book’s foreword. The book sells for a modest $18 on Amazon, and judging from the preview pages on that website, it’s filled with a lifetime’s worth of important and untold stories about working in feature animation."

So yeah, that's my Grandpa! He's as cool as he sounds, and you should read his book.

Especially because he calls me a brat at one point. Now I KNOW you want to read it...

1 comment:

MJS said...

Pretty cool Grandpa! Thanks for sharing. You're really lucky to have (had) him as a mentor! I never really had one for anything, so I envy you.

Tangent: in LA and OC I've met people who I later learn are the kids or grandkids of guys who worked on special effects for Star Wars, Star Trek or something like this. What's funny is the sons/grandsons are pretty techy, but both the daughters/granddaughters are both Cosplayers. All four of you are some kind of gamer geek (me too). Not enough data for any real conclusions, but it's fun to wonder at what the connections/reasons are =)