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April 7, 2006
Italy's cartoon fest hands
life award to Roy Disney

By ERIC J. LYMAN

    POSITANO, Italy -- 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
    conglomerate'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.

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 3D 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 today, it has been banned for anyone
under 15. In Positano, it was greeted with enthusiastic applause.

Disney added in an interview that the Walt Disney Co. will come out with 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.
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