Archive for November, 2010

I’m excited….

Posted in Uncategorized on November 30, 2010 by dorselanpher

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Cartoon Brew presents my book!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 29, 2010 by dorselanpher

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 Brew blog

“Flyin’ Chunks And Other Things To Duck” by Dorse Lanpher
November 22, 2010 3:28 pm

Dorse Lanpher

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, 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.

“Santa and his book!”

Posted in Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 by dorselanpher

Click on Santa’s book and see what he’s writing. Click on the red “google page” on the right side of this blog and see inside Santa’s book.

Author Bio

Posted in Uncategorized on November 17, 2010 by dorselanpher

Dorse Lanpher has worked as an artist for 48 years, more than half of that for the Walt Disney Company at the feature animation division as an effects animator. His work can be seen in most of the Disney films from Sleeping Beauty through Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and many more. He animated the effects; storms, water, fire, and such, which created the environment for the cartoon characters.

He lives in the hills of Glendale, California, with his cat Maryann, just a few miles from the Walt Disney Studio.

Author’s comment

Posted in Uncategorized on November 17, 2010 by dorselanpher

In 1956, as an excited, hopeful, 20 year old young man, I began a career in the feature animation department of Walt Disney Productions, now known as Walt Disney Feature Animation. At the time I just thought that anyone who could draw a little could work there, after all they hired me. I soon found that it took a great deal more talent and skill than just to be able to draw a little.

After many years of working in the field as a special effects animator, with many established, successful old timers, I came to realize that my time and place was very special. I did learn to draw a lot and to be helpful in the process of making some very extraordinary motion pictures.

I retired, January 2004, and have written my fun story, Flyin’ Chunks and Other Things to Duck, illustrating my struggles to continue in the field of animation, all the while managing to duck those flyin’ chunks which are always a part of every ones effort to live life.

Dorse Lanpher


book review

Posted in Uncategorized on November 17, 2010 by dorselanpher

Flyin’ Chunks and Other Things to Duck

This is wonderful book for all young people who are entering the animation industry or presently employed in it. Dorse tells stories of how the studios were when you had the opportunity to learn the craft of animation from the accomplished professionals in that field. The studios were small so you had the opportunity to personally know everyone from the President of the company to the receptionist, it was like belonging to an extended family of close friends.
Dorse had the good fortune to also be chosen to work with and mentor animators in other countries that helped to complete the various animated movies.
There are interesting pictures through out the book. Photos that allow one to see what the studios were like during the last 50 years.
It is a treasure of stories for all to read and enjoy, certainly a must for young animators.

Britt Teegarden

Family History

Posted in Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 by dorselanpher

Just think if your family had started recording even a bit of their history from hundreds of years ago, how wondrous it would be to share that with your family members today. That thought caused me to start wondering and writing. Now I’ve finished a book. It’s just a slice of my life, just a part, but still a memoir which I’m sure will be read someday by a family member, a friend, or an animation artist of the future.