dinosaur lunch

5 09 2018

this is a repost from one of my earliest blogs in 2003 –
during the mid-eighties I had a chance to attend two of the so called ‘dinosaur lunches’. some of the disney old-timers met in a restaurant in toluca lake, as far as I remember it was ‘alphonse’s’. it was a great honour, you could only join if you knew one of the participants. andreas deja arranged that. I never forget that event, because I had a chance to meet one of my biggest idols, KEN ANDERSON. in the photo on the right. on the front-left is COLIN CAMPBELL, one of the top disney layout artists. maybe someone can help me to identify the other attendees. sorry, I forgot over the years…

I got an answer from MARCELO VIGNALI, who I worked with for many years at disney…

…I used to attend the Dinosaur lunch too. As a matter of fact, I think I saw you there on a few occasions along with Andreas Deja. Anyway, a friend of mine got me in and I went for six months or more. Maybe it was closer to a year .. anyway –

The gentleman sitting next to Colin Campbell is Bill Anderson. “The Disney Legend Bill Anderson.” You can IMDB his name to pull up his film credits. If I’m not mistaken, he did Old Yeller and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. The other gentleman seated next to him is Clem Hall … I’m not exactly sure if he worked on the Disney animated films, but I know he was a professional illustrator before coming to Disney. He and Colin had giant mural like oil paintings on display at EPCOT’s American Adventure. Clem also had his own illustration company during the 60s where he did a lot of the auto ads for GM. I would imagine he came in for EPCOT. And the other gentleman is Ren Wicks … he was 82 in that picture if you can believe it! He looked and acted like a man in his late sixties. He was also an illustrator, and perhaps the best illustrator Disney ever got their hands on. He did work for Colliers and Saturday Evening Post during the golden age of illustration. Around the time the picture was taken, he was not only working, he had just completed an illustration for a postage stamp for the US government and was bragging about it. He was a lot of fun, sharp as a tack, and very friendly. Ren was the comedian of the group.
marcelo vignali




One response

6 09 2018

Hi Hans! It’s always nice to read the stories you write about your years in Animation. By the way, don’t know if you remember me, this is Kenneth (from Imagineasia). Sorry to have lost contact, did not realize that parenthood was insane haha! Hope you are well. 😀

from hans –
of course I remember, kenneth. and when you were in singapore too. please let me know more, send me an email – center.for.visualarts@gmail.com

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