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For Disney, Something Old (and Short) Is New Again

The New York Times has an exciting article about a potential “renaissance” of animated shorts at Walt Disney Feature Animation. Four shorts are currently in development, including a new Goofy “How-To” – in this case, How To Install Your Home Theater. “‘The impetus comes from John Lasseter, who takes the idea from Walt Disney and 100 years of film history,’ said Don Hahn, producer of The Lion King and The Little Match Girl, in a recent interview at his studio office. ‘Shorts have always been a wellspring of techniques, ideas and young talent. It’s exactly what Walt did, because it’s a new studio now, with new talent coming up — as it should. I think the shorts program can really grow this studio as it grew Pixar, as it grew Walt’s studio.'”

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