Italy's cartoon fest hands fetes Roy Disney


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POSITANO, Italy (Hollywood Reporter) - Roy Disney was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the 10th Cartoons on the Bay Festival on Thursday, which also featured the world premiere of the latest Asterix and Obelix film and the Italian premiere of the controversial Danish cartoon film “Terkel.”

The 76-year-old Disney was given the award for a career that started in 1954 as an assistant film editor. Disney, who produced “Fantasia 2000,” the sequel to his uncle Walt Disney’s 1940 classic, remains the company’s director emeritus.

Before receiving the award, Disney participated in a public showcase that included a rare screening of “Destino,” an unlikely 1946 collaboration between Spanish surrealist painter Salvatore Dali and Walt Disney that was not completed until 2003. Disney announced that the eight-minute film, which was nominated for an Oscar in 2004, will be released along with documentary footage as a DVD later this year.

Disney added in an interview that the Walt Disney Co. will release a wider variety of animated films as a result of the company’s partnership with Pixar Animation Studios.

“I don’t think the company should come out with too many films, because the process needs to focus on quality,” he said. "But what I think you will see is a wider variety of techniques used to create these films – old technologies, new ones, experimental ones, combinations of different kinds.

“Pixar has definitely shown they are better at producing these kinds of features than we are, but I think they will learn some things from Disney and Disney will learn from Pixar,” he added.

Separately at Cartoons on the Bay, the premiere of the film “Asterix and the Vikings,” which was created with special effects from the Italian studio Enarmonia, attracted a great deal of attention from the Italian media. The 78-minute film, directed by Stefan Fjeldmark and Jesper Moller, will open across Europe later this month.

“Terkel,” created by Danish filmmakers Fjeldmark, Thorbjorn Christoffersen and Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen, is a 79-minute 3-D adult animated film that has been compared with “The Simpsons” and which boasts of being “indiscreet and politically incorrect.” In Italy, where it will open nationally Friday (April 7), it has been banned for anyone under 15. At the Positano festival, it was greeted with enthusiastic applause.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter