When Lella Smith's 10-year-old godson, Rey, found out she was retiring from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, he was incredulous. "Why would you do that, Auntie?" he said. "You've got the coolest job in the world!"
Even though today is Mickey Mouse's 85th anniversary, this Disney icon looks like he hasn't aged a day. Especially if you watch this classic cartoon character capering in his newest ground-breaking theatrical short, Get A Horse!
Once you're done unwrapping the gifts and singing the carols and observing whatever expressions of faith you feel are appropriate for the time (if any), you may want to reinforce the communal feeling with a visit to the cinema for something the whole family can enjoy.
"This whole family dinner thing is just a way for me to wire my childrens' bodies in a way so that they automatically show up at the dinner table to talk to me when they are teenagers. They won't have a choice in the matter. They'll just start feeling this magnetic pull to the pork chops at 6:30."
Is it really the end of the line for hand-drawn animation at Walt Disney Studios? That was the conclusion that many in Hollywood reached late last year. But that wasn't how John Kahrs saw this situation.
When Pete Docter, director of the Oscar-nominated animated film Up, was coming to New York City to accept an award, I got an e-mail letting me know about it: "Would you like to interview him?" Hell, yeah!