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Thursday, December 15, 2005

MATTINSON, Burny

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Birth/Death

Birth: May 13, 1935, San Francisco

Occupation/Title

Bio Summary

Born May 13, 1935 in San Francisco, Burny was destined to work in the animation industry because of the impact that Pinocchio made on him as a six-year old boy. With no formal art training he worked his way up the ranks at Disney to become an animator on productions such as Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, The Jungle Book, and The Aristocats (see filmography for more). He was the director of the Academy nominated Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983). He continues to work for Disney studios stating that he is having too much fun to retire. His latest achievement is an animation with Goofy called How to Hook Up Your Home Theater (2007).

Early Life/Family

Burny’s younger sister was born in 1941. His father was a drummer for the traveling band Horace Heidt’s Big Band. His mother was from San Jose and like his father was of British heritage. Burny married Sylvia Fry. They have three children, two sons and a daughter. Burny and Sylvia have four grandchildren.

Education/Training

Burny began his career as an inbetweener with no formal art training in 1953. However, he did receive training at Disney in 1972 before becoming an animator on Robin Hood.

Career Outline

Burny started working for Disney in 1953 as a mailroom clerk. Within months he became an inbetweener. After receiving training at Disney he began working as an animator on Robin Hood. Burny was a key animator on Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too. He went on to work on storyboard and title designs for The Rescuers and The Fox and the Hound. He directed Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983). Burny wrote, produced and directed The Great Mouse Detective (1984). He also wrote the 2007 short starring Goofy How to Hook Up Your Home Theater.

Comments On Style

Burny was changed by viewing Pinocchio at the age of six, he was drawing Disney character’s by the age of twelve, he started working for Disney in 1953, he still works there today, so one could say that his style is Disney.

Influences

Marc Davis, Art Babbitt, and Preston Blair

Personality

Burny told interviewer, Scarlett Stahl, that he and associate, Joe Grant, are both Taurus, the Bull, and often fight like bulls

Burny is so involved with work that he has no time for hobbies. He does not want to retire because he is having too much fun.

Anecdotes

When asked by interviewer, Jérémie Noyer, “What fictional villains frightened you as a child?”, he answered “Frankenstein! I remember sitting in the theater and thinking he was coming down the aisle behind me. The other one was The Thing!”

Miscellaneous

Quotes: "Animation is 75% thinking and 25% drawing." "The important thing to remember about good animation is that less is more."

Filmography


How to Hook Up Your Home Theater (2007) (additional story) 

The Rescuers (1977) (story) 
... aka Bernardo y Bianca (USA: Spanish title)
The Fox and the Hound (1981) (story)
Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983) (story adaptation)
The Black Cauldron (1985) (additional story material) 
... aka Taran and the Magic Cauldron
The Great Mouse Detective (1986) (story adaptation) 
... aka Basil - The Great Mouse Detective (International: English title) 
... aka Basil of Baker Street (UK) 
... aka The Adventures of the Great Mouse Detective (USA: reissue title)
Beauty and the Beast (1991) (story) 
... aka Beauty and the Beast: Special Edition (USA: longer version)
Aladdin (1992) (story)
The Lion King (1994) (story) 
... aka Rey león, El (USA: Spanish title)
Pocahontas (1995) (story)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) (story)
Mulan (1998) (story)
Tarzan (1999) (story)

Animation Department:

Robin Hood (1973) (character animator)
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too! (1974) (animator)
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) (animator)

Director:

Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983) 
The Great Mouse Detective (1986) 
... aka Basil - The Great Mouse Detective (International: English title) 
... aka Basil of Baker Street (UK) 
... aka The Adventures of the Great Mouse Detective (USA: reissue title)

Producer:

Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983) (producer) 
The Great Mouse Detective (1986) (producer) 
... aka Basil - The Great Mouse Detective (International: English title) 
... aka Basil of Baker Street (UK) 
... aka The Adventures of the Great Mouse Detective (USA: reissue title)

Art Department:
The Prince and the Pauper (1990) (storyboard artist) 
... aka Mickey's the Prince and the Pauper (USA: complete title) 

Miscellaneous Crew:
The Rescuers (1977) (titles) 
... aka Bernardo y Bianca (USA: Spanish title)

Honors

1984 Nominated for an Oscar (Academy Awards, USA) for Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983), Best Short Film, Animated
1987 Nominated for an Edgar (Edgar Allan Poe Awards) for The Great Mouse Detective (1986), Best Motion Picture
Annie Award: Winsor McCay Award 1996


Related Links

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0560329/
http://www.dapsfordisneymagic.com/disneynews/ddmr_article.php?id=8272


http://www.laughingplace.com/News-ID506790.asp

Bibliographic References


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http://www.laughingplace.com/News-ID506790.asp

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